The former Yugoslavian countries have all seen a lot of violence, a history marked by political turmoil and riots. In fact, it won’t be exaggerating to say that the war in the former Yugoslavia began with a football match between the Dinamo Zagreb and the Red Star Belgrade in 1990. The match saw a massive riot with ultra-nationalists and followers of Akran on one side, and Croat rebels on the other. The Croats were heard shouting slogans like “Kosovo is a republic” which further fueled the riot.
Albanians and Croats don’t have much in common apart from that at some point lived together in the same country called Yugoslavia and have a mutual enemy, Serbian nationalism, so quite often when Croatia football team has a match, Albanians, especially Kosovo Albanians, support them as it happened during the last World Cup Croatia match against Russia on the 11th of July.
After the win against Russia, Croatia fans in Croatia and diaspora took to the streets to celebrate and occasionally Albanians joined them as well, but there was an incident in Zurich, Switzerland, as reported via a Facebook video where apparently a Croatia fan can be seen debasing an Albanian flag forcibly taken from some Albanian youngsters who joined Croats in the celebrations. This caused loads of dismay to Albanians because it was something that usually is not expected from allies like Croats. Albanians took to the social media to protest, some of them declaring that will never support Croatia again, but it appears that the actual “Croatian” fun is actually a Serb disguised in Croatia football uniform.
Some social media pundits have identified him as Sasa Tomic and have posted his Instagram and Facebook pictures in Serbian football team dress. Immediately after this this person’s Instagram account was disabled, presumably by the owner fearing a retribution.