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England's Euro 2024 opponents Serbia have threatened to pull out of competition

England's Euro 2024 opponents Serbia have threatened to pull out of competition

The move comes after allegations of derogatory chanting in yesterday's Euro 2024 Croatia v Albania match

Serbia have threatened to pull out of Euro 2024 over allegations of xenophobic chants made against them.

The Balkan side made their Euro 2024 debut last Sunday in a 1-0 loss to England, with the side now threatening to leave the competition unless disciplinary action is taken against Croatia and Albania.

The move comes after fans of the two chants appeared to chanting the derogatory phrase 'kill, kill, kill the Serb' during the 59th minute of their match yesterday (19 June).

Serbian national team. (Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Serbian national team. (Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

General Secretary of the Football Association of Serbia, Jovan Surbatovic made a request that UEFA pursue disciplinary action against Croatia and Albania for the alleged chants.

In a statement via RTS (originally published in Serbian) Surbatovic said: "First of all, I want to thank our fans for their support in the match against England and I hope we will beat Slovenia.

"What happened is scandalous and we will ask UEFA for sanctions, even if it means not continuing the competition.

"We are sure that they will be punished, because they have already responded to our appeal to remove the so-called journalist from Albania from the championship."

The move comes after alleged comments made in the Croatia v Albania match. (Richard Pelham/Getty Images)
The move comes after alleged comments made in the Croatia v Albania match. (Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

He added: "We will demand from UEFA to punish the federations of both selections. We do not want to participate in that, but if UEFA does not punish them, we will think how will we proceed.

"We were punished for isolated cases and our fans behaved much better than the others.

"One fan was punished for racist insults and we don't want it to be attributed to others.

"We Serbs are gentlemen and we have an open heart, so I appeal to the fans to remain gentlemen."

Serbia are set to play their next match later today, with the Eagles set to face Slovenia at 2pm today, meanwhile England play their second match against Denmark at the later 5pm kick-off.

Serbian FA president Jovan Surbatovic (Andreas Rentz - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
Serbian FA president Jovan Surbatovic (Andreas Rentz - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The update comes just days after Kosovan journalist Arlind Sadiku was barred from the competition after making the Albanian 'eagle' symbol towards Serbian fans during the England match.

According to a report in The Guardian, Sadiku was later informed that he had been barred from the rest of the competition due to 'misconduct at the match between Serbia and England'.

Meanwhile Serbia have also faced disciplinary action of their own, with the side fined €14,500 (£12,000) for breaking two rules on Sunday's (16 June) game.

A statement released from UEFA confirmed they had been sanctioned for 'Throwing of objects' and 'Transmitting a provocative message unfit for a sports event'.

Featured Image Credit: (Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images/ Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Topics: Euro 2024, Football