Romania and Kosovo faced each other in the qualifying phase of the Euro 2024 Championship in Germany, but the duel was interrupted for almost an hour after the Kosovar players decided to leave the field of play.
The Kosovo players left due to shouts and banners displayed in the stands of the National Arena in Bucharest against the independence of the Balkan country.
With nineteen minutes of play elapsed, the members of the Kosovo team left the grass after seeing how a banner that read “Kosovo is Serbia”.
A message that was accompanied by the shouts of “Serbia, Serbia” that were heard from the stands and that led the Kosovar players to go to the locker rooms, from which they did not leave until fifty minutes later, allowing the match to resume. match, with 0-0 on the scoreboard.
Romania is one of the five countries in Europe that do not recognize Kosovo’s sovereignty along with Slovakia, Spain, Greece and Cyprus.
Despite not having any major recent quarrels, the attitude of the fans in the stadium irritated the players and their decision was to leave the field. It is not the first time that Kosovars have been involved in problems when displaced due to political issues. For this reason, they are prevented from being in the same classification groups as the Serbs.
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