Euro: Make Example of Croatia, Says Anti-Racism Group

17 Jun
By REUTERS Published: June 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM ET

WARSAW (Reuters) – UEFA must make an example of Croatia by punishing them heavily for the racism charges leveled at their fans during Euro 2012, the head of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) said on Sunday.

European soccer’s governing body has charged Croatia’s Football Federation (HNS) for racist chants and symbols displayed by the national team’s fans during the Group C match against Italy in Poznan on Thursday.

FARE, an independent anti-discrimination and social inclusion network which works closely with UEFA to identify instances of racism at matches, said hundreds of Croatian fans had racially abused Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

UEFA is also investigating reports that a banana was thrown on to the pitch in the same game, and is looking into racist chanting during two other matches.

 

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