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Albania shocked by more pitch battles

Published: Monday 22 October 2007, 12.57CET
Violence on and off the pitch has been a major concern in Albania in recent weeks while KF Tirana defender Nevil Dede has been suspended by the champions.
by Fatjon Pandovski
Published: Monday 22 October 2007, 12.57CET

Albania shocked by more pitch battles

Violence on and off the pitch has been a major concern in Albania in recent weeks while KF Tirana defender Nevil Dede has been suspended by the champions.

Violence on and off the pitch has been a major concern in Albania in recent weeks while KF Tirana defender Nevil Dede has been suspended by the champions.

Poor form
With Tirana lying ninth in the 14-team table, Albanian international Dede, 33, has been indefinitely suspended from the first team. He told uefa.com: "Some think I was a part the reason why the team is struggling because my effort wasn't 100 per cent. I have spoken with some of the sponsors and I am sure I will be putting my kit back on very soon."

Duro attacked
Dede was not involved as the Albanian champions earned their first away point of the season with a 1-1 draw at KS Elbasani on Saturday, but that small success was overshadowed by an attack on Tirana goalscorer Klodian Duro. The Albania midfielder, born in Elbasan and a close friend of Elbasani president Arben Laze, had to be barricaded into the dressing room after the game.

Crowd trouble
Three men were later arrested for attacking Duro, but it was not the first time that Elbasan have been involved in crowd trouble. Their 1-0 loss away to KS Besa was marred by violence involving away fans, who tore up seats at the Besa Stadium in Kavaje.
During the 1-1 draw between KS Skënderbeu and Besa on 21 September, referee Pajtim Llapi dismissed home coach Faruk Sejdini for accusing him of bias and the game was followed by major crowd disturbances. Skënderbeu have now been fined and ordered to play subsequent home games behind closed doors. Another recent violent incident saw KS Shkumbini's Gentjan Stojku fined and banned for four games for punching KS Teuta's Erjon Dushku in a 1-1 draw on 5 October.

Big game
League leaders FK Partizani and Besa meet on Saturday in a game involving the last two unbeaten sides, while further down the table, the price for early season failures has been predictably dear. Hysen Dedja resigned as Teuta coach and was replaced by his assistant Gentjan Begeja, while KS Kastrioti have brought in Vasil Bici following the resignation of Ramadan Ndreu.

Fired and hired
At Tirana, Astrit Hafizi has replaced Sulejman Starova, who resigned in September, while Mirel Josa has been sacked and reappointed at KS Vllaznia. The coach was dismissed following a 2-2 draw at KS Besëlidhja on 26 September but hired again after president Valter Fushaj responded to protests from players and fans.

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