BUDAPEST – Kosovo’s admission to UEFA membership is a political decision and a defeat for football, which could face unforeseeable consequences as a result, Football Association of Serbia (FSS) President Tomislav Karadzic said Tuesday.

“Football has found itself in the jaws of politics and this is a UEFA move that could have unforeseeable consequences. For four years, the FSS fought and repelled all attempts by the self-proclaimed state (Kosovo) and then we suffered the biggest blow at the hands of the International Olympic Committee, whose admission of Kosovo was particularly highlighted by the Kosovo delegation. The FSS and our struggle became an obstacle to many, but we were unable to prevent a political abuse of football,” Karadzic told the FSS website after Kosovo was admitted to UEFA in a secret vote at the organisation’s congress in Budapest earlier on Tuesday.

The governments of 38 UEFA member states have recognised Kosovo’s independence and their football associations had to follow instructions from politicians, Karadzic said, adding that European football’s governing body should not have yielded to political pressure.