Kosovo’s national football federation has threatened to withdraw from its upcoming World Cup qualifier away to Spain later this month if it is not allowed to display its flag or play its national anthem before kickoff.

Spain is one of five European Union countries which does not officially recognise Kosovo as an independent state, along with Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus and Romania.

Newspaper Marca said the Spanish state’s position on Kosovo meant the two countries’ flags could not be displayed together before the game, due to be held at Seville’s La Cartuja stadium on March 31, and the music played would not be described as Kosovo’s national anthem.

Kosovo’s federation had lashed out at Spain’s football association in a statement on its official website on Tuesday after the Spain team’s Twitter account had referred to Kosovo as a territory in a post about its upcoming qualifiers.


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