TIRANA, Albania (NWN) – The Albanian Football Federation on Thursday deplored the aggressive behavior of Albanian fans and accused Polish fans of provocation in their World Cup qualifier this week.
Albania lost 1-0 to Poland in Tirana on Tuesday. The game was suspended for about 20 minutes after Karol widerski scored in favor of Poland in the 77th minute, and Albanian fans pelted the famous Poles with water bottles. The Polish footballers left, but returned to the field and held out until the victory.
A day later, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the federations of Hungary, England, Albania and Poland after condemning the riots involving Hungarian and Albanian fans in separate qualifiers.
The Football Association of Albania admitted that “the incidents do not bring honor to us, Albania and its wonderful fans,” adding that “we had 22,000 great fans and only a few spoiled the good that the team did.”
However, in a statement from the association, Polish fans accused Polish fans of “continuous provocation and very aggressive behavior”, adding that “Polish fans repeatedly threw objects at our fans in two parts of the stadium for about two hours.”
“We don’t have violent fans. We have no problem fans. On the contrary, the excellent behavior and support of our fans during and outside matches is a source of pride for us. “
Next May, the Air Stadium in Albania, opened two years ago, will host the European Conference League final. The association has pledged to work with local authorities “to improve our organizational capacity.”
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