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Croatia and Albania disqualified from Euro 2024? Serbia call on UEFA to act in threat to quit

Albania supporters celebrate during their Euro 2024 match with Croatia
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Serbia have threatened to withdraw from Euro 2024 if UEFA do not take action against alleged offensive chants from Croatian and Albanian fans in a move that could impact England's group.

The Croatian and Albanian supporters were accused of anti-Serbian chants during the 2-2 draw between the two nations in Hamburg on Tuesday. The Serbian FA responded with a strongly-worded statement, highlighting the conduct of an Albanian journalist.

Jovan Surbatovic, General Secretary of the Serbian FA, expressed his outrage. He said: "What happened is scandalous and we will ask UEFA for sanctions, even at the cost of not continuing the competition.

"We are sure that they will be punished, because they have already responded to our appeal to remove the so-called journalist from Albania from the championship. We will request UEFA to punish the federations of both selections. We don't want to participate in that, but if UEFA doesn't punish them, we will think about how to proceed.

"We were punished for the cases of fishing and our fans behaved much better than the others. One fan was fined for racist abuse and we don't want it to be attributed to others. We Serbs are gentlemen and we have an open heart, so I appeal to the fans to remain gentlemen."

The Serbian statement does not call for Croatia or Albania to be disqualified from the tournament, but they are clearly not happy and would like to see major punishments handed out by UEFA, which could ultimately lead to removal from the competition as a worst-case punishment.

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It is unlikely Croatia or Albania would be disqualified from the tournament, but it would send a clear message that such chanting is not acceptable on the world stage. The likelihood is that the two nations will be fined.

Serbia suffered a 1-0 defeat to England in their first match of the tournament on Sunday and are set to play Slovenia in Munich on Thursday.

UEFA has yet to comment on the alleged chanting, but if Serbia fails to fulfil their upcoming fixture against Slovenia and Denmark in Munich on Tuesday, their opponents could be awarded a 3-0 win.

Serbia were previously penalised by UEFA for violating two rules during their match against England, resulting in a €10,000 fine for the Serbian FA.