BELGRADE – The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) will file a lawsuit with the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport against UEFA over its decision to admit Kosovo to its membership, the head of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo-Metohija Marko Djuric and Minister of Youth and Sport Vanja Udovicic announced on Tuesday.

The decision tramples law and the UEFA Statute under foot, instrumentalising sport for political purposes, Djuric and Udovicic said at a press conference after Kosovo’s football association was admitted to UEFA in a secret vote at the organisation’s congress in Budapest earlier in the day.

The state will assist the FSS to ensure that the decision does not go down smoothly or as intended by separatists, Djuric said.

The decision could cause new divisions within European football’s governing body and raise many other issues, since associations from other territories have already expressed interest in UEFA membership, he said.

“This will open a Pandora’s box,” Djuric said, adding that 24 states were directly opposed to Kosovo’s UEFA membership, while two abstained in the vote.

Eleven states that have recognised Kosovo voted against the UEFA decision, he said, adding that Kosovo failed in attempts to push through an amendment to the UEFA Statute, which still states that only UN member states can be members of UEFA.

That is the main argument, and that is why the decision must be overturned in Lausanne, Djuric said.

“We will use everything, including personal contacts, to overturn the decision,” Udovicic said, adding that high-level talks are now expected to take place on the matter.