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Buzz Barometer: Press Debates Ugly Fan Behavior, UEFA Silent
March 29, 2015 16:16


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The Daily Mail talks about the anger that Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic had for the fans.
 
“I apologise to the Russian players and staff for everything that's happened. It is no surprise that the game was abandoned after the second incident,” he told Montenegrin state television broadcaster RTCG.
 
“My players are completely distraught, all of them are at a loss for words and I also don't know what to say after all this. We now don't stand a chance of qualifying and also face a lengthy crowd ban,” he added.
 
Also, the newspaper points out that the “trouble occurred three days after UEFA President Michel Platini told the governing body's congress in Vienna it needed more help from government authorities across the continent to battle racism, match-fixing and violence.”
 
According to The Daily Mail, “it was the third serious outbreak of violence involving teams from the former Yugoslavia in Euro 2016 qualifying.”
 
The Sports Mole quotes Momir Djurdjevac, the general secretary for the Montenegrin FA, calling his own country's fans as "barbarians".
 
"These fans sing 'Montenegro, we love you' but throw flares, insult rivals and cause all sorts of incidents every time they turn up and that's outright hypocrisy," Djurdjevac told the press after the match, according to the Sports Mole.
 
"It seems we don't deserve to have a nation, a football team or a berth in a major tournament. As far as I am concerned, the game should not have continued after the first-minute incident. We can only thank God that no-one was seriously hurt,” he was quoted as saying.
 
"We will, in all likelihood, pay a hefty fine and say goodbye to a major tournament but what scares me is that this can happen again. Someone must step forward and say 'enough'. Who wants to play for the national team under such circumstances? These players have a big dream and it's to qualify with our tiny nation for a major tournament but we are going nowhere," runs the statement.
 
"If the referee decides to abandon the match, for example because the field is not fit for play, the remaining match time must be played either the next day or on another date set by the UEFA administration, unless the case is referred to the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body," according to the UEFA rules.
 
Reuters said that the 25-year old Montenegro fan suspected of hitting Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on the head with a flare has turned himself in.
 

"The fan, whose initials are L.L and had been sought by the Podgorica security centre since (Friday) evening, turned himself in (on Saturday) at 17.45 local time (15.45 GMT) accompanied by his defence counselor" Reuters cites the Montenegrin interior ministry.
 
Regrettably, UEFA has not issued any statements at the moment, saying it awaits an official report on the match.
 
The Russian Football Union has filed an appeal against the decision to resume the match after Akinfeev was hit 20 seconds since the kickoff.
 
Russia expects UEFA to award Russia a 3-0 victory while Montenegro fears further punishment. 




Author: Mikhail Vesely

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