Croatian Soccer Body Cited for Fan, Player Actions at Euro Game

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Croatia’s soccer federation for a third time at the European Championship over the actions of its fans.

The European governing body said in a statement on its website Croatian fans set off and threw fireworks and also displayed racist banners and symbols during a 1-0 defeat to Spain in the final round of group matches in Gdansk, Poland, two days ago.

Additionally, the Croatian team was charged with improper conduct after six members received yellow cards during the game. UEFA said its disciplinary board will hear the case on June 24.

It comes a day after the Croatian body was fined 80,000 euros ($102,000) for fans setting off fireworks and using racist chants and symbols during a June 14 match against Italy. The federation was earlier fined 25,000 euros for supporter actions during its opening match against Ireland on June 10.

Croatia was eliminated after finishing third in Group C behind Spain and Italy, who advanced to the quarterfinals.

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