The Macedonian flag was torched during a football match in Pristina, between FK Pristina and Vlaznimi football clubs at the city stadium in the Kosov capital on September 28.
In the aftermath, Macedonia's interior ministry tried to downscale the seriousness of the event as much as possible, saying that an occurrence of such sensitive nature at such a moment should be accepted calmly and that any measures should be taken to relieve any potential tension.
Anti-Macedonian slogans were displayed on stadium's stands as well, while the flag was torched as "discontent stemming from the Macedonian Encyclopedia publications".
Macedonia's governing party VMRO-DPMNE said the incident was isolated and that it should not hamper the positive relations between Macedonia and Kosovo, nor that it should be used as a pretext or an excuse for domestic ethnic tension.
According to the leader of the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, Branko Crvenkovski, it was a vandal act – "harmful not only for the interethnic relations but also for the Macedonia-Kosovo relations," Bulgarian news agency Focus said.
Macedonia's liaison office in Pristina has called on the appropriate Kosovo authorities to take all legal measures necessary for identifying and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
"Mutual trust and respect are being built for a long-term and each side should contribute to that effect. Kosovo, as the youngest country in the region, is expected to demonstrate its capacity in such situations to act appropriately in favor of good-neighborly relations and regional stability" the statement said, quoted by local and Bulgarian media.