World Cup 2022: Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings in opposition to Serbia over controversial Kosovo flag

The controversial flag was additionally held up by Serbia followers within the stadium
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Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings in opposition to 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 crammed with the Serbia flag, with the phrases ‘no give up’.

Tensions are operating 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 grievance to Fifa, soccer’s world governing physique, over Serbia’s “chauvinistic rhetoric”.

In an announcement, it mentioned: “Such acts of chauvinism have no place in a sports event, and even less inside the facilities where the biggest event of world football takes place, therefore FFK, as an equal member with all other members of Fifa, demands from this institution to undertake sanctioning measures against actions that incite hatred between peoples and are against human values.”

It added: “It is unacceptable for this act to pass in silence, therefore we strongly request that Fifa strictly implement its rules and punish the football federation of Serbia for this aggressive action and against the values ‚Äč‚Äčthat football conveys.”

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

Fifa’s proceedings have been opened on the idea of article 11 of the Fifa disciplinary code, which is “offensive behaviour and violation of the principles of fair play” and contains “using a sports event for demonstrations of a non-sporting nature”, in addition to article 4 of the rules for the 2022 World Cup which refers to crew’s obligations on the match.

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

Serbia have been overwhelmed 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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