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Serbia President Boris Tadic fined for champagne toast

Serbian President Boris Tadic. File photo
President Tadic celebrated the 5-0 victory with a glass of champagne

Serbian President Boris Tadic has been fined 400 euros (£360) for toasting Serbia's qualification for the football World Cup with champagne at a stadium.

He had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour after uncorking the bottle at Red Star Belgrade's stadium as Serbia defeated Romania 5-0 on 10 October.

Serbia's sports minister and football association chief were also fined.

The consumption or possession of alcohol is forbidden at Serbia's sports venues, in order to prevent violence.

Mr Tadic had earlier told the court he did not know drinking alcohol had been banned at football matches.

"I did not know that consumption of alcohol, even if only for a toast, has been forbidden so I fully take responsibility for the violation," he said.

Serbia's trouncing of Romania secured the team a place in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

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