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Croatian FA faces fresh racism charges

Wawsaw – The Croatian football federation, fined €80,000 by Uefa on Tuesday for racist chanting by their fans at Euro 2012, faces further punishment after it was charged on Wednesday for the display of racist banners against Spain.

“Uefa has today opened disciplinary proceedings against the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) for the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, and the improper conduct of supporters (display of racist banners and symbols) at the Uefa Euro 2012 Group C match against Spain in Gdansk on Monday,” the governing body said in a statement.

Croatian fans have heaped trouble on their FA with racist behaviour at Euro 2012. Credit: AFP

The disciplinary case, Uefa said, also involves the “improper conduct” of the Croatian team after six of their players were booked in the 1-0 defeat which condemned them to a group stage exit.

Uefa will deal with the latest case on Sunday.

Croatia were fined €80,000 after fans directed racist abuse at Italy striker Mario Balotelli and set off fireworks in Croatia's second group game in Poznan on June 14.

The HNS had already been fined €25,000 by Uefa for “spectator incidents” during their opening match, also in Poznan. – Reuters

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