PHOTO: Ex-Sunderland captain pins fan to floor after team-mate is hit with a chair

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Lorik Cana was at the centre of the violence between Serbia and Albania last night.

In the summer of 2009 Sunderland snapped up Albanian Lorik Cana from French club Marseille. The bullish holding midfielder was immediately handed the captaincy but his stay in Sunderland was short.

He featured 32 times for the club in the 2009-10 season before leaving for Galatasaray - Sunderland making a small loss on the player.

He has since gone on to become a firm favourite at Italian side Lazio, where he is also playing at centre-back now rather than further up the pitch.

One thing he does have a reputation for however is being a bit of a hardman.

Last night he had to be.

He was captaining Albania as their international tie with fierce rivals Serbia was postponed by Martin Atkinson. Trouble erupted after an Albanian flag being flown over by a drone was pulled down by a Serbian player. Fighting ensued on the pitch between the two sets of players before Serbian fans also stormed the pitch.

One of them decided to bring a chair with him as a weapon - which did not go down well with Cana.

Cana came to the aid of team-mate Bekim Belaj after the incident.

The ex-Sunderland man can be seen pinning the hooligan down to the floor, clench fisted, as chaos ensued around him.

Of course you cannot condone Cana's actions. But the former Sunderland man certainly showed he will always have his team-mates back when trouble erupts.

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