World Cup 2022: Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings towards Serbia over controversial Kosovo flag

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Serbia fans hold up a fllag depicting the outline of Kosovo filled with Serbia's flag, with words translated as 'no surrender'
The controversial flag was additionally held up by Serbia followers within the stadium
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Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings towards Serbia’s soccer affiliation after its crew hung a controversial flag depicting Kosovo of their dressing room previous to their World Cup defeat by Brazil.

The flag confirmed an overview of Kosovo full of the Serbia flag, with the phrases ‘no give up’.

Tensions are working excessive between ethnic Serbs and the Albanian-led authorities in Kosovo, amid fears violence might flare up once more, 23 years after the Kosovo warfare.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 however Serbia – an ally of Russia – doesn’t recognise it as an impartial nation.

On Friday, the Soccer Federation of Kosovo (FFK) submitted a criticism to Fifa, soccer’s world governing physique, over Serbia’s “chauvinistic rhetoric”.

In an announcement, it mentioned: “Such acts of chauvinism don’t have any place in a sports activities occasion, and even much less contained in the amenities the place the largest occasion of world soccer takes place, subsequently FFK, as an equal member with all different members of Fifa, calls for from this establishment to undertake sanctioning measures towards actions that incite hatred between peoples and are towards human values.”

It added: “It’s unacceptable for this act to go in silence, subsequently we strongly request that Fifa strictly implement its guidelines and punish the soccer federation of Serbia for this aggressive motion and towards the values ​​that soccer conveys.”

Kosovo’s sports activities minister, Hajrulla Ceku, mentioned it anticipated “concrete actions” from Fifa towards Serbia’s “hateful, xenophobic and genocidal messages”.

Fifa’s proceedings had been opened on the premise of article 11 of the Fifa disciplinary code, which is “offensive behaviour and violation of the rules of truthful play” and contains “utilizing a sports activities occasion for demonstrations of a non-sporting nature”, in addition to article 4 of the laws for the 2022 World Cup which refers to crew’s obligations on the event.

Kosovo was accepted into Uefa and Fifa in 2016 however below Uefa guidelines, Serbia and Kosovo cannot play one another in World Cup qualifying due to the tensions between the 2 nations.

Serbia had been crushed 2-0 by Brazil of their World Cup opener in Qatar on Thursday, and play Cameroon of their subsequent Group G fixture on Monday.

Kosovo didn’t qualify for the World Cup.

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