UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against the Croatian Football Federation for racist chanting, firework throwing and display of racist banners in the crowd during their match against Italy on Thursday.
A statement issued by UEFA read:
“Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Croatian Football Federation for the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, and the improper conduct of supporters (racist chants, racist symbols) at the Uefa Euro 2012 Group C match against Italy in Poznan on Thursday.”
A photographer had also reported seeing a steward picking up a banana that had been thrown onto the pitch during the game and hearing monkey chants aimed at Italy’s Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
Investigations of racist chanting are already underway for incidents during the Spain-Italy game where it was reported that some Spanish fans abused Balotelli, and Russia-Czech Republic game where Theodor Gebre Selassie reported chanting aimed at him.
The Holland squad had already reported racist chanting aimed at their black players at a pre-tournament training session in Krakow.