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Albania says player banned for two Euro 2024 games for ‘nationalist’ chants

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The ban comes after the Albania forward apologised for leading fans in derogatory chants against Croatia at Euro 2024.

The Albanian football federation said UEFA has banned its player Mirlind Daku for two games at the European Championships after he led fans in nationalist chants.

Daku took a megaphone after Albania’s 2-2 draw with Croatia on Wednesday in Hamburg and joined in chanting slogans against Serbia and North Macedonia.

The Albanian federation also said on Sunday that UEFA imposed fines totaling 47,250 euros ($50,500) for incidents at the game, where its fans joined Croatian fans in chanting an anti-Serb slogan.

The Serbian football federation said it would leave the tournament if UEFA did not punish the incidents.

Albania plays a decisive group-stage game on Monday against Spain.

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