The Albanian Football Association condemned the behavior of fans who threw bottles at Polish players during a qualifying match in Tirana. He emphasized, however, that the home fans were provoked by the visiting fans.
Albania lost 0: 1 to Poland on Tuesday, and after Karol Šwiderský’s goal in the 77th minute, the home fans filled the celebrating players with bottles. The Polish footballers then left the lawn in protest, but after a break of about twenty minutes, the match was over.
The Albanian Union condemned the behavior, but stressed that it was an act of individuals who were also provoked by Polish supporters. “Our fans are not rapists, nor have there been any problems with them in the past. On the contrary, their exemplary behavior is our pride,” the AP quoted the union as saying.
“But now they have been the target of provocations and aggression by Polish supporters, who threw objects at them in two places in the stands for two hours,” added the association, with which FIFA has already initiated disciplinary proceedings due to the behavior of fans.