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The Serbian national football team has never really managed to make its way in the headlines of websites or newspapers in the world of football but things took a major twist on October 14 when Serbia received Albania at the Partizan Stadium and the match turned into a heated brawl between players and fans.
The match that was being played was a 2016 Euro’s qualifiers but it could never actually be completed after a drone hovered around the pitch with a pro-Albanian banner and from there on out, after the Serbian player Stefan Mitrovic pulled down the banner from the drone, things started to get out of control with fans coming into the pitch and even players fighting with each other.
It wasn’t until a few days ago that FIFA officially announced what decision they were going to make concerning this match and it was confirmed that Serbia was going to claim the victory but the Serbian national football squad did not actually claim all 3 points as FIFA deducted all those points as punishment.
Both national teams have also been given fines of $127,000 as consequences from their actions displayed on the pitch.
The game was suspended at the 41st minute and when things started to calm down with authorities getting everything under their control, Albania and Serbia were given the option of continuing on with the match but Albania refused to continue on and this is why FIFA awarded Serbia with the victory even though no points were given.
Albania is expected to appeal the decision of FIFA and the Albanian lawyer Chimi Shkohoxha stating:
“This is a travesty. It’s a cop out. We are totally committed to banishing racism from football, and this judgment appears to fly in the face of that aim. This is not about the point, it’s about fighting racism.”
Serbia is also expected to appeal the decision of FIFA and hopefully try to reduce or eliminate in its entirety, the fine of $127,000 that they received.
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Last season Sami Khedira only managed to make 13 league appearances for Real Madrid and now with the arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos to the club, it doesn’t look like the German midfielder will be playing an influential role for Real Madrid anytime soon. This sparked a series of rumors which were stating that Khedira was going to be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu during this summer transfer window but Carlo Ancelotti stepped up and shut down those claims.
Carlo Ancelotti told the press: “Khedira is happy here and he is staying. The matter is resolved and he stays at Real Madrid.”
Arsene Wenger was interested in signing the experienced midfielder and it was believed at one point in time that Arsenal was preparing an offer of around €16 million in order to sign Khedira but Ancelotti denied that the player has any interest in leaving.
If indeed Khedira does remain in Spain performing with Real Madrid, his chances of performing in the starting lineup of Carlo Ancelotti are extremely limited and not likely. The first match of the season for the team of Ancelotti saw Real Madrid defeating the recently promoted club Cordoba with a 2-0 victory and Khedira played for 14 minutes.
The opening match of the season witnessed Ancelotti utilizing a 4-2-3-1 formation with Kroos and Modric performing the role as defensive midfielders of the squad and this is the usual position of Khedira but he will not be a starter of the club unless either Kroos or Modric get injured or are unavailable to play.
Will Sami Khedira be truly satisfied playing nothing more than a substitute role in Real Madrid for another season? At his 27 years of age, he can still play at the highest level for an entire match and turn into a reliable figures for top clubs around the world but the German midfielder decides to remain in a club where he is barely able to play for more than a few minutes in a few matches.