‘F*** Serbia… they are b******s’: England and Kosovo fans spark fury after footage emerges of them singing anti-Serbian chants in a pub while one appears to perform the Nazi salute
- England and Kosovo fans have sparked fury by singing anti-Serbian chants
- Footage has emerged of both sets of supporters singing ‘f*** Serbia’ in a pub
- One man also appeared to perform the Nazi salute in one of the videos
England and Kosovo supporters have sparked fury after footage emerged of them singing anti-Serbian chants together in a pub.
Fans could be heard singing ‘f*** Serbia’ while one person also appeared to perform a Nazi salute in shocking videos which have surfaced online.
Kosovo and Serbia have had a strained relationship ever since the former declared independence from the latter in 2008.
England and Kosovo fans were heard singing anti-Serbian chants together in a pub while one man (pictured in navy jumper) appears to perform the Nazi salute
Although Serbia do not recognise Kosovo as an independent state, tensions between the two countries have somewhat eased with increased co-operation between the two governments recently.
However, the shocking footage of England and Kosovo fans singing the discriminatory chants has prompted a furious backlash, and contrasts the cordial atmosphere that had been present during England’s visit to the country for their Euro 2020 qualifier.
Flags bearing the St George’s Cross were held up by Kosovo fans as God Save the Queen played before Sunday’s match – which finished 4-0 to England.
The fans could be heard singing ‘f*** Serbia’ and ‘Serbians are b******s in the footage
Fans have been widely condemned after footage of them singing the chants surfaced online
Locals also displayed poppies and banners that read: ‘Welcome and Respect’ inside the ground.
It was a way of them showing their gratitude for Britain’s role in the country’s liberation.
Britain helped in the Kosovo war by taking part in the aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia before the war ended in June 1999.
Kosovo fans also put up a poster of Raheem Sterling in Pristina’s city centre which said ‘welcome brother’ in a show of support for the England star who recently suffered racial abuse in Bulgaria.
But two videos circulating online have marred what was thought to be a respectful occasion with both sets of fans appearing to chant vile songs aimed at Serbia.
Kosovan fans hold up the flag of St George during the playing of God Save the Queen
The poppy featured on ‘Welcome and Respect’ banners hung up all over the city centre
A ‘Welcome Brothers’ banner was hung up, to show support of England’s black players
‘Serbians are b******s, everywhere they go,’ was also heard being sung in one of the clips.
UEFA have been contacted for comment on the videos.
Many social media users were quick to condemn the behaviour of the England fans, which could result in accusations of hypocrisy after blasting the recent shameful scenes in Bulgaria – which also featured Nazi salutes and monkey chants aimed at Three Lions players.
Bulgaria were fined €75,000 (£65,000) and ordered to play one game behind closed doors by UEFA for their racist chanting in last month’s match.