UEFA investigate racist banners displayed in game against Spain
The BBC reports that the Croatian Football Federation face fresh disciplinary proceedings over the behaviour of their supporters in the game against Spain on Monday 18th June.
UEFA has opened an improper conduct case following the display of racist banners at the game.
UEFA will deal with the new case on Sunday.
On Monday of this week the Croatia Football Federation was fined 80,000euros for racism from elements of their supporters directed towards Italy striker Mario Balotelli. Monkey chants were heard and a photographer saw a banana thrown onto the pitch in the Croatia v Italy game.
Croatia manager Slaven Bilic condemned the racists 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.”
UEFA has attracted some criticism over the level of the fine given, as it transpired that Nicklas Bendtner was fined 100,000euros for displaying underwear with a bookmaker’s logo on during a goal celebration.
SRtRC Chief Executive Ged Grebby said ““When Croatia are fined less than Nicklas Bendtner for wearing dodgy underpants, it sends out the wrong message.”
“It suggests that if you upset our sponsors that you will get a bigger fine than a team whose fans are guilty of racism and that is unwelcome. It is a shame because the overall message on anti-racism has been really strong and that has come from Michel Platini at the top to the billboards at the grounds.”
Premier League Footballers Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany have questioned how appropriate the fine for the Croatian Football Federation was.
Manchester City captain Kompany called on Uefa to "review their priorities", while Ferdinand tweeted: "Uefa are you for real? £80,000 fine for Bendtner. All of the racism fines together don't even add up to that?!"
The Manchester United defender, who was controversially omitted from England's Euro 2012 squad, also hit out at Uefa president Michel Platini.
"Uefa are not serious," he said. "Platini was a great player but him and his colleagues alienate themselves with exactly this type of rubbish."
Kompany agreed, tweeting: "Uefa might need to review their order of priorities, don't you think?”
"Surely if you were a sponsor, you would consider racism as a more dangerous association than the damage caused by commercial opportunism?"