UEFA announcing results of disciplinary hearing today
Outgoing Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has delivered a strong condemnation of racism and insisted that sanctions must be imposed in order to stamp out the problem, reports The Guardian.
UEFA announced they were opening disciplinary proceedings against the Croatian Football Federation following racist chanting from sections of the Croatia fans during the game against Italy. The case is being dealt with today, Tuesday 19th June.
Football Against Racism in Europe announced on Friday that their observers heard between 300 and 500 Croatia fans chanting monkey noises and a photographer saw a steward retrieve a banana thrown on the pitch towards Italy striker Mario Balotelli.
Former Everton & West Ham player Bilic expressed his anger at the incident saying “(Racism) is a big problem all around Europe and all around the world and on behalf of the entire nation, not even as a football manager, I want to say that I am disappointed as a Croatian, a parent and a sportsman, a person who comes from a modern, open-minded and tolerant state.”
“Everyone is welcome in our country. I don’t like these kind of supporters and nor do my players. I live in Croatia and we really are a tolerant country. We are not a racist country and we are angry at these few crazy supporters. We have to put sanctions (in place) and stop these kind of supporters forever.”
We will record the decision of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary board here when announced.