The European Handball Federation court had decided to sanction the Serbian Handball Federation, and issued them with a fine of €15,000, half of which is deferred for a probationary period of two years and also suspended them from EHF organized national competitions for a period of two years. The decision was made following the non-participation of the Serbian national team in the a against Kosovo on 23rd March, 2018 and the „subsequent cancellation“ of the Women’s U20 World Championship qualification tournament scheduled on 23rd to 25th March, 2018.
„The court found that contrary to arguments from the Serbian Handball Federation, the fact that the Ministry of the Interior decided that the playing of the matches would not be permitted does not constitute a case of force majeure but simply an element to be taken into consideration when defining the type and extent of the sanctions to impose,“ it is stated in the EHF press release.
One of the sections is the reimbursement of any additional costs, expenses and/or damage compensation incurred and/or suffered by the EHF or the other participating teams, also.
A match between the Kosovan and Serbian handball juniors, supposed to be held in the Serbian city of Kragujevac, was canceled in March but then also cancelled when rescheduled in Kovilovo.
For security reasons it was decided to move the tournament in Kovilovo and play it without national symbols; the EHF decided that the matches would be played without the presence of an audience and media. But just several hours before the match between the Serbian and Kosovo handball players, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, cancelled it again due to security reasons, as he explained.
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