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UEFA Probing Croatian Fans Over Alleged Racism at Euro 2012

June 16, 2012

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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