On Tuesday, September 12, Romania hosted Kosovo in the "Arena Kombëtare" stadium, in the qualifying phase for EURO 2024. In the 21st minute of the game, referee Willy Delajod sent the players to the dressing room, after the home fans chanted and showed nationalist banners against Kosovo.
Almost two weeks later, Albion Rrahmani, the star of Rapid Bucharest and the representative of Kosovo, spoke to the Romanian media about this incident, where he emphasized that he does not want to be involved in the Romania-Kosovo incidents, but to focus on football.
"It's something political, but I don't know what to say. I don't want to talk about this topic anymore. I am a professional footballer, I do my job, it was not something very difficult for me. We retreated to the dressing room, the referee came back, said we have to go back to play and that's what we did. It didn't end the way we would have liked. We also have matches in October and I hope that we will win in the following matches", said Albion Rrahmani.
Albion Rrahmani was bought by Rapid at the beginning of August for 600 thousand euros from the Balkans. The Kosovar still has a contract with the team from Giulesti until the end of the 2025/26 season.
The footballer has so far made only four appearances in the Romanian championship, scoring six goals.