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Court Awards Win To Albania Over Serbia In Violence-Marred Game

A top sports court July 10 awarded Albania a victory over Serbia in a soccer game that was abandoned when a drone with a political banner flew into the stadium and sparked violence.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport decided that Albania had not refused to play in a hostile atmosphere in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, in October as European football's governing body had initially ruled.

The court ruled that Serbia was responsible for the European Championship qualifier not being completed and had to forfeit the match. Serbia had been awarded a default 3-0 victory by European soccer authorities, but then deducted three points and ordered to play its next two qualifiers in an empty stadium.

Serbia has still been deducted three points, but now Albania has been awarded the 3-0 win in the Euro 2016 qualifying group.

Based on reporting by AP and Sky Sports