European soccer’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against Croatia over alleged abuses of Italy’s Mario Balotelli at the Euro 2012.
UEFA said in a statement on its website it was taking action against the Croatian Football Federation for fans’ racist chants and symbols during a 1-1 tie against Italy in Poznan, Poland. Supporters were also cited for setting off and throwing fireworks during the Group C match.
UEFA’s control and disciplinary body will hear the case on June 19, the ruling body said.
The step comes after two monitors from UEFA-appointed Football Against Racism Europe filed a report stating as many as 500 supporters in the Croatian section subjected Balotelli, who is of Ghanian descent, to monkey chants throughout the game. A banana was also thrown onto the field.
The investigation is the latest into supporters during the 16-team tournament being co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland.
UEFA earlier fined the Russian and German federations for misbehavior by supporters. Yesterday it also fined the Croatian federation 25,000 euros ($32,000) for fans throwing fireworks and other objects, as well as a supporter running onto the field during a match against Ireland on June 10.
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