The Albanian Football Federation (FSHF) has decided - following what happened last Sunday in Kamza - to suspend the national championship.
The statement, which appeared yesterday on the FSHF website, states that it will continue on this line until the public order in the stadiums will be returned to the state police (and not to stewards and private units), which was the case until last year .
The Federation statement
"The Albanian Football Federation announces that all matches in the national football championship scheduled this weekend will not be played following the decision taken by the Union of Albanian Referees to boycott all matches until the state police return to the stadiums.
The FSHF expresses the maximum support to the whole arbitration body in Albania and respects the decision taken by them. We look for everyone's answer to permanently remove violence, to ensure public safety in stadiums and as a fundamental prerequisite for having a healthy competition and standards. "- reads the statement of the Albanian Football Federation.
Now an official response is expected from the state police. Meanwhile, the maximum national championship will remain firm.
The reasons for this position
The joint decision of the FSHF and the Union of Albanian Referees comes after the violence on Sunday, specifically in the Kamza-Laçi match.
At the 94 minute of the match, referee Eldorian Hamiti had rightly awarded a penalty for the guests, which was worth the definitive 1-1. This sparked the unjustified violence of fans, managers and president of the Kamza, who brutally assaulted the referee with kicks and punches.
The FSHF, therefore, used the hard punch: the club, in fact, was expelled with immediate effect from the championship (it will have to start from the Serie C next year), while the championship was suspended until, in fact, the police of state will not return to preside over the environments inside and outside the stadiums.
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