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UEFA President Michel Platini fears that drones could be used to drop bombs on football pitches.

A fight breaks out on the pitch between Serbian fans and Albanian national team players, with from right, Albania’s Lorik Cana, Albania’s Ansi Agolli, match official, 3rd left Serbia’s Nenad Tomovic holding Albanian flag, Albania’s Bekim Balaj, and soccer fan at left, during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match between Serbia and Albania, at the Partizan stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The match was suspended on Tuesday after pitch skirmishes involving players and fans over an Albanian flag that was flown above the stadium by a drone. The score was 0-0 at the time.

Speaking to French TV channel TF1, Platini made his comments after an Albanian nationalist banner flown by a drone over a stadium in Belgrade ignited a brawl on the field and fueled political tensions between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania.

Platini called the incident “shameful,” and expressed his fears about possible drone attacks in the future.

The Frenchman said “just imagine that a drone carrying a bomb instead of a flag comes to a ground. Everything is becoming dangerous, especially in the countries where there are a great deal of political tensions.”

UEFA opened disciplinary cases against Serbia and Albania after the incidents forced their European Championship qualifier to be abandoned in the first half.

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