Oct 14, 2014 at 7.45pm UK

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Lorik Cana: 'Albania were lucky to escape serious injury'

Cana: 'Our lives were in danger'
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Albania captain Lorik Cana believes that his players were lucky to escape serious injury in the events that took place in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia.

Albania captain Lorik Cana has claimed that it was a "miracle" that none of his players were seriously injured in the events that led to their Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia being abandoned on Tuesday.

The match in Group I was stopped after a drone carrying a "Greater Albania" flag flew into the Belgrade stadium, with fighting and crowd trouble taking place after Stefan Mitrovic pulled the flag off the machine.

Cana told French newspaper L'Equipe: "It's a miracle that we only had six or seven injured with blows to the face, neck and back. If you saw some of the bodies... they really caught it.

"What would have happened if instead of a chair, it had been a knife? Our lives were in danger."

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the two nations following the incident.

Serbia's defender Stefan Mitrovic grabs a flag with Albanian national symbols flown by a remotely operated drone during the UEFA Euro 2016 group F qualifying gootball match between Greece and Northern Ireland at the Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, near Ath
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