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Drone with flag flies over match in Albania, 3 days after Belgrade brawl halts Euro qualifier

A drone flies an Albanian flag at the national league match in Vlora, 140 kilometers (85 miles) southwest of capital Tirana, between local Flamurtari FC vs. KF Skenderbeu, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The game ended 1-1. Earlier this week a drone that flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a soccer stadium in Belgrade, Serbia ignited a brawl when Albanian players who tried to protect it were attacked by Serb counterparts, fans and security staff on the pitch, forcing the referee to abandon the match. (AP Photo/str)

A drone flies an Albanian flag at the national league match in Vlora, 140 kilometers (85 miles) southwest of capital Tirana, between local Flamurtari FC vs. KF Skenderbeu, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The game ended 1-1. Earlier this week a drone that flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a soccer stadium in Belgrade, Serbia ignited a brawl when Albanian players who tried to protect it were attacked by Serb counterparts, fans and security staff on the pitch, forcing the referee to abandon the match. (AP Photo/str)  (The Associated Press)

A drone carrying an Albanian flag has flown over a stadium in southern Albania during a domestic soccer league game — three days after a similar stunt in Serbia triggered an on-pitch brawl and saw a European Championship qualifying match abandoned.

TV footage of Friday's match in the southern city of Vlora showed the remote-controlled device carrying a flag during the match between local Flamurtari and Skenderbeu. The game was not interrupted and ended 1-1.

Team officials could not be reached for comment and police had no immediate response.

In Belgrade Tuesday, a drone carrying Albanian nationalist banner started the clashes between players from the Serbian and Albanian national teams and fueled crowd trouble.

UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, has opened disciplinary cases against both countries.