Scandal in Germany and FFM’s reaction to it

The European Championship is underway in Germany, where the Macedonian national team failed to qualify. Despite not participating, Macedonia was involved in a scandal that happened after the match between Albania and Croatia in Hamburg, which ended in a 2:2 draw.

During the entire match, both fan groups chanted insulting slogans aimed at their neighbors, the Serbs, of which the slogan “Kill the Serb” stood out, for which a fierce reaction followed from the Football Association of Serbia to UEFA, demanding draconian punishments for Albania and Croatia.

An even bigger scandal was made by the Albanian footballer born in Kosovo and Metohija, Mirlind Daku, who had a primitive nationalist outburst after the final whistle was blown. Instead of calming down the passions between the fans as an athlete, Daku led an offensive chant on the field with a megaphone in his hand, where together with the group of Albanian fans in the stands, he cursed the Macedonians.

Daku’s barbarism:

The lack of reaction from his teammates, especially those four who were born or come from Macedonia, is symptomatic. As a reminder, Tauljant Sulejmanov-Seferi and Naser Aliji were born in Kumanovo, Jasir Asani was born in Skopje and Nedim Bajrami is originally from Tetovo. If the catastrophe were bigger, Sulejmanov-Seferi and Asani are former Macedonian youth internationals, they shared a dressing room with their Macedonian teammates and represented the country and the people who were insulted by Mirlind Daku, who plays in Russian club Rubin from Kazan.

The Football Federation of Macedonia reacted to this behavior of Daku with a public statement, which we present in its entirety:

“We express our deep concern and unequivocal condemnation regarding nationalist chants by the Albanian footballer Mirlind Daku, directed against the Macedonian state after yesterday’s match between Croatia and Albania in the European Championship.
Such behavior is unacceptable and contrary to the basic values ​​of sportsmanship and mutual respect that football promotes.
Sports, especially football, is the basis for bringing together people of different nationalities and an environment for cooperation and respect.
Nationalist rhetoric, however, undermines these principles, fostering division and hostility between fans and societies.
The principles of political neutrality are enshrined in the regulations of international associations such as FIFA and UEFA. The Football Federation of Macedonia will send an official letter to UEFA for this scandalous behavior.
We call on Albania’s footballer Mirlind Daku to publicly apologize for his behavior, recognizing the damage he has caused.
We also call on the relevant institutions to investigate this incident and take appropriate disciplinary measures to reinforce the standards of behavior expected of all athletes.
Our commitment to promoting unity, respect and fair play in sport remains paramount.”

FFM’s statement:

In the hope that it will not happen again in the future, we hope that UEFA will show virtue and take appropriate measures for the barbaric outburst of the Albanian footballer.

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