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Match abandoned after drone invasion

Updated 1411 GMT (2211 HKT) October 15, 2014
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Serbia's Stefan Mitrovic grabs the "Greater Albania" flag dangling from a drone that flew over Tuesday's European Championships qualifying match between Serbia and Albania. The incident at Belgrade's Partizan Stadium precipitated a brawl that forced the referee to abandon the match. Louis Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images
The drone's entry into the field sparked ugly scenes between rival players. The word "Autochthonous," which refers to an indigenous inhabitant of a place, was emblazoned at the bottom of the flag and is considered an offense to Serbians. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images
Serbia's Nemanja Gudelj, left, scuffles with Albania's Bekim Balaj, center, and Andi Lila, right, over the flag. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images
Albania's players cover themselves from missiles flying from the stands and run from the field. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images
Albania's players make their way to the safety of the dressing room as fans take out their anger. Referee Martin Atkinson took the players off the field 41 minutes into the goalless match. Andrej Isaovic/AFP/Getty Images
Angry fans gesture toward the field after the drone incident and subsequent melee. Alexa Stankovic/AFP/Getty Images
A fan drags the drone behind him after invading the pitch. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
Riot police stand off against Serbian supporters as the situation escalates. ALEXA STANKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
Serbian riot police officers stand guard. AFP PHOTO / ALEXA STANKOVIC
Police and supporters clashed with police. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images