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Serbia has sent a letter of complaint to UEFA alleging that Serbian sports clubs in northern Kosovo are being pressured and threatened.

In the letter sent by the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) to UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin, Kosovo institutions are said to have put pressure on Serbian sports clubs recently, and said: “While the institutions of Pristina prevent Serbian footballers and sports workers in Kosovo from training In their own stadiums, tournaments of a local nature so that they do not allow their modification. expressions were used.

While it was claimed that Serbian clubs in Kosovo were threatened, it was reported that UEFA made a request to put an end to what was done.

The letter indicated that they did not want to escalate the tension, and said, “We will never allow the activities of Serbian footballers and sports workers to be hindered on a local basis, nor will we give up our struggle.” It has been said.

Response from Kosovo’s Sports Minister, Chikou

Kosovo’s Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hajirullah Çeku stated that the facts were distorted in the letter sent by the FSS to UEFA.

In a post on his social media account, Çeku said, “In addition to distorting the truth, the FSS message also uses insulting language. For years, Serbia has organized parallel illegal activities as part of its official tournaments in certain regions within the borders of the Republic of Kosovo. Kosovo is a sporting country, but we We will not tolerate illegal activities that violate our constitutional order and European and international sporting rules.” express an opinion.

Çeko emphasized that the Football Association of Kosovo (FFK) has full membership in UEFA and FIFA, and called on all sports clubs to be part of the country’s legitimate system.

FFK stated that the competitions organized by Serbia on the territory of Kosovo are unacceptable and demanded that the institutions take urgent measures.

The federation was accepted as a full member of UEFA and FIFA in 2016, but sports competitions, especially in the northern part of the country where most Serbs live, are still organized by Serbia.

Meanwhile, Serbia still regards Kosovo, which unilaterally declared independence in 2008, as its own territory, while the two countries, who have come face to face politically many times, have brought their tensions to the realm of sports.


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