updated 7:33 AM MST, Nov 17, 2017

Serbia vs Albania suspended after drone flies Albanian flag over stadium ,Players fight on pitch

  • Published in FOOTBALL

• Players fight on pitch at end of first half of Euro 2016 qualifier
• English referee Martin Atkinson calls off match after delay
• Football takes back seat for Albania v Serbia clash

Serbia and Albania Fans and players of Serbia and Albania clash during their Euro 2016 match in Belgrade. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Serbia’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania was abandoned on Tuesday evening after a drone flown over the Partizan Stadium pitch carrying the Albanian flag led to a clash between the two sets of players.

The Group I game erupted into controversy shortly before half-time in Belgrade when the drone, apparently flown in by remote control from fans outside the stadium, was brought down by a couple of Serbia players, with members of the Albania team attempting to intercept their national flag.

That prompted a melee involving numerous players and forced English referee Martin Atkinson to lead the players off the field, after some disruption off the pitch as well.

There were no signs of play being restarted more than half an hour after the suspension, with Uefa then confirming the match had been abandoned.