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Albanian FA deplores fan violence, blames Polish supporters

The World Cup qualifying match between Albania and Poland was suspended for about 20 minutes after Albanian fans hurled water bottles at Poland supporters who were celebrating Karol Świderski's goal.

Published: 14th October 2021 07:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2021 07:11 PM   |  A+A-

Poland's Karol Swiderski, left, holds his head as fans threw items shortly after scoring the opening goal of his team during the World Cup 2022 group I qualifying soccer match between Albania and Poland at Air Albania stadium in Tirana, Albania, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021

Poland's Karol Swiderski, left, holds his head as fans threw items shortly after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup 2022 group I qualifying match against Albania, Oct 12, 2021. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

TIRANA: The Albanian football federation on Thursday deplored the violent behavior of its fans and blamed visiting Polish supporters for provocation during a World Cup qualifying match this week.

Albania lost to Poland 1-0 in Tirana on Tuesday. The game was suspended for about 20 minutes after Karol Świderski had just scored for Poland in the 77th minute and Albanian fans hurled water bottles at the celebrating Poles. Poland’s players walked off but returned to the field and held on to win.

A day later, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against both the Albanian and Polish federations without specifying the specific offenses.

The Albanian football association acknowledged the "incidents do not honor at all us, Albania and its wonderful fans,” adding “we had 22,000 excellent fans and only some scores of individuals spoiled all the good things done from the team.”

The statement by the association, however, blamed Polish fans for a “continuous provocation and a very aggressive behavior," adding "the Polish fans repeatedly for about two hours hurled objects at our fans in two areas of the stadium.”

“We do not have violent fans. We do not have a history of problematic fans. On the contrary, the excellent behavior and support of our fans during the matches and outside are an object of pride for us."

Next May, Albania’s Air Stadium will host the Europa Conference League final. The association pledged to work with the local authorities “to raise our organizational capacities.”



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