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Alleged drone pilot, Albania fans arrested with weapons before Serbia match

  • FILE - In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 Albanian Ismail Morinaj, 33, second left with beard who has the scarf around his neck, poses with other fans of Albanian national soccer team before a European qualifier game against Denmark in Copenhagen. Albanian police in Tirana on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 say they have arrested Morinaj who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a  European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic  spat between the two countries. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina, File)

    FILE - In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 Albanian Ismail Morinaj, 33, second left with beard who has the scarf around his neck, poses with other fans of Albanian national soccer team before a European qualifier game against Denmark in Copenhagen. Albanian police in Tirana on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 say they have arrested Morinaj who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic spat between the two countries. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police check notes near the hotel, where Serbian national soccer team will stay, in Tirana on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, as authorities have enforced tough security measures ahead of Thursday's soccer game.  Police in Albania say they have arrested a man who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic spat between the two countries.  (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Police check notes near the hotel, where Serbian national soccer team will stay, in Tirana on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, as authorities have enforced tough security measures ahead of Thursday's soccer game. Police in Albania say they have arrested a man who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic spat between the two countries. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police secure the area around the hotel, where Serbian national soccer team will stay, in Tirana on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, as authorities have enforced tough security measures ahead of Thursday's soccer game.  Police in Albania say they have arrested a man who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic spat between the two countries.  (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Police secure the area around the hotel, where Serbian national soccer team will stay, in Tirana on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, as authorities have enforced tough security measures ahead of Thursday's soccer game. Police in Albania say they have arrested a man who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic spat between the two countries. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Albania say they have arrested a man who claimed to have flown a drone carrying a nationalist banner over a stadium in Serbia last year during a European qualifier, in an incident that prompted fan violence and a diplomatic spat between the two countries.

Authorities say 33-year-old Ismail Morinaj was arrested with three other men as part of a major security operation on the eve of the return match in Elbasan, Albania.

Two handguns, ammunition, and 36 match tickets were seized.

Police have taken tough security measures for Thursday's game, deploying 1,500 officers, and enforcing a huge traffic cordon around the stadium. Fans will have to show identification and be searched before entering Elbasan Arena.

Albania is currently third in Group I with 11 points from six matches