Croatia fined over crowd trouble at Ireland match

Updated: 15 June 2012 22:58 IST

Croatia have been fined 25,000 euros ($31,400, 20,000 pounds) after crowd trouble at the country's Euro 2012 opener with the Republic of Ireland, UEFA said in a statement on Friday.

Croatia fined over crowd trouble at Ireland match
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Warsaw:

Croatia have been fined 25,000 euros ($31,400, 20,000 pounds) after crowd trouble at the country's Euro 2012 opener with the Republic of Ireland, UEFA said in a statement on Friday.

The fine comes after fans lit flares and let off smoke bombs to celebrate goals in the 3-1 win in the Polish city of Poznan last Sunday. A spectator also got on the pitch and missiles were thrown at the Group C game.

The fine was announced after an anti-racism group, backed by European football's governing body, said that 300 to 500 Croatia fans racially abused Italy forward Mario Balotelli during the countries' match on Thursday, which ended 1-1.

An AFP photographer positioned in front of the majority of Croatia fans also said he heard monkey noises being directed at the Manchester City striker and at one point saw a steward picking up a banana that had been thrown onto the pitch.

Smoke bombs were also let off at the match, photographers and reporters at the ground said.

Topics : Football Euro 2012 Croatia Alou Diarra Lech Poznan Republic of Ireland
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