Montenegro have sacked their Serbian manager Ljubisa Tumbakovic for refusing to take assign of his side’s European Championship qualifier opposite Kosovo.
Tumbakovic, 66, had reportedly come underneath pressure from a Serbian authorities in Belgrade, that do not recognize a autonomy of Kosovo.
Serbia-born players Filip Stojkovic and Mirko Ivanic also pulled out.
Montenegro’s football association (FSCG) called Tumbakovic’s preference an “unpleasant surprise”.
The Euro 2020 Group A compare in Podgorica, that took place behind sealed doors as punishment for fans’ extremist chanting directed during England players in March, finished 1-1.
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Tumbakovic, who won 6 joining pretension and 3 domestic cups over dual spells with Partizan in his homeland, had been in assign of Montenegro given Jan 2016.
An FSCG matter added: “The executive house done a unanimous preference to soothe Tumbakovic of his duties after he motionless not to be in assign of a inhabitant organisation for a match.
“Apart from being an upsetting surprise, Tumbakovic’s pierce also constitutes a crack of his veteran duties stipulated by his contract.”
The association also pronounced it “regrets” a decisions of Red Star Belgrade twin Stojkovic and Ivanic not to play, blaming “pressure from certain circles”.
“Things that have zero to do with sports have degraded sports and football on this occasion,” combined a FSCG statement.
Kosovo’s race is done adult of 90% racial Albanians and it announced autonomy from Serbia in 2008.
It has been recognized by a United States and vital European Union (EU) countries.
As good as Serbia, a organisation of countries including China, Russia and 5 EU members exclude to recognize Kosovo as an eccentric nation.
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Guy de Launey, BBC Balkans correspondent
The European Championship subordinate tie opposite Kosovo was something of a sanatorium pass for a manager and Montenegro’s dual Serbia-born players.
Kosovo gained membership of football’s general ruling bodies 3 years ago, though a autonomy still isn’t recognized by scores of countries.
Kosovo and Serbia are kept detached in subordinate competitions.
But players – and coaches – from a particular diasporas paint inhabitant sides opposite Europe.