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Ivanovic: "We shielded the Albanian players"

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As most of the world knows by now, the Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania went a bit pear-shaped thanks to the confluence of a rabidly partizan, violent crowd in Belgrade and a drone carrying a provocative flag making its way over the pitch. The match descended into chaos as a result, and since it was all home fans the Albanian players were the ones most obviously in danger.

Here's a (really upsetting) video of what transpired:

Fortunately, it doesn't appear as though any of the players was seriously hurt. And fortunately for Chelsea, it doesn't appear as though either Branislav Ivanovic or Nemanja Matic lost their heads (not that you'd expect them to). Here's Ivanovic, who was captaining his country on the night:

What happened is something we can't comprehend at the moment. All I can say i that we wanted to carry on. We shielded the Albanian players every step of the way in the tunnel. The Albanian team said they were unfit physically and mentally to carry on after talking to the officials.

-Source: Mail.

Good for Ivanovic for doing his part to protect his fellow players. As for the rest -- well, I look forward to both sides blaming the other for absolutely everything, because that's what happens in situations like this.

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