CAS gives Albania 3-0 win in 2016 Euro qualifier

Tirana, July 11 (IANS) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled Albania beat Serbia 3-0 in a European Championship qualifying match which was abandoned due to fan riots.

CAS on Friday decided that Albania had not refused to play on in a hostile atmosphere in Belgrade in October, reversing a former European football’s governing body, EUFA’s ruling, reports Xinhua.

CAS ruled that Serbia were responsible for the abandonment of the qualifier and had to forfeit the match. Serbia had been awarded a default 3-0 victory by UEFA but then deducted three points and ordered to play their next two qualifiers in an empty stadium.

CAS upheld UEFA’s ruling that Albania were responsible for the fans carrying an Albanian nationalist banner hovering above the field in the Serbian capital. And both federations were fined 100,000 euros.

Based on the CAS ruling, Albania are now level on 10 points with second-placed Denmark in Group I, which is led by Portugal. Serbia are now last on minus two points.

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