FIFA investigates Serbian nationalist flag in dressing room | Soccer information

FIFA has stated it can examine Serbia’s soccer affiliation after a picture of a flag displaying Kosovo as a part of Serbia was hung within the group’s dressing room.

FIFA has launched an investigation after images emerged of the Serbian nationwide flag hanging within the soccer group’s dressing room throughout the World Cup match towards Brazil.

The define of Kosovo could be seen below the Serbian nationwide colours on the flag. Albanian-majority Kosovo claimed independence from Serbia in 2008 and is now a FIFA member, however Serbia doesn’t acknowledge its sovereignty.

“FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has initiated motion towards the Soccer Affiliation of Serbia for displaying a flag of their dressing room throughout the Brazil vs Serbia match,” FIFA stated in a press release on Saturday.

“Proceedings have been opened based mostly on Article 11 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and Article 4 of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Laws.”

The Kosovo Soccer Federation (FKK) stated it “strongly condemns Serbia’s aggressive actions” towards Kosovo.

“The World Cup is an occasion of pleasure and unity, it ought to ship messages of hope and peace, not hate,” FFK stated in a tweet. “We name on FIFA to take measures towards such actions.”

A flag with the inscription “We don’t give up” was additionally displayed within the stadium by many Serbian followers throughout Thursday’s opening 2-0 defeat to Brazil in Qatar.

A picture of the flag went viral on social media after it was shared by Kosovo’s Minister of Tradition, Youth and Sports activities Hazrullah Seku.

“Serbia are misusing the FIFA World Cup platform to show shameful photographs from the locker room, hateful, xenophobic and genocidal messages about Kosovo,” Seku stated on Twitter, referring to the nation by its Albanian identify.

“We count on concrete motion from FIFA, taking into consideration that the Kosovo Soccer Federation is a full member of FIFA and UEFA.”

Neither participant is seen within the photograph of defender Milos Veljkovic and midfielder Andrija Zivkovic’s jerseys and the flag within the dressing room hanging above the lockers.

Veljkovic performs for Werder Bremen and a spokesman for the Bundesliga membership instructed the Deutschtube web site that the participant solely discovered concerning the photograph after the match.

When the Serbian gamers returned to the dressing room, there was no flag hanging, the spokesman stated.

Serbia, who misplaced 2-0 to Brazil, subsequent face Cameroon on Monday. His Soccer Federation (FSS) didn’t reply when requested for remark.

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