Paris - UEFA on Monday opened disciplinary proceedings
against the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) after a swastika was apparently
scrawled on the pitch in Split during Croatia's 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifying draw
with Italy on Friday.
UEFA had ordered Friday's match to be played behind closed
doors at the Poljud Stadium as punishment for fan violence and racist incidents
when Croatia played Norway earlier in the qualifying campaign.
A swastika, however, appeared to be visible on the pitch at
the ground which is the home of Croatian top-flight side Hajduk Split and UEFA
said they would take action for "racist behaviour".
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A decision on whether to take any action will be made on
Groundsmen struggled to cover up the Nazi symbol at
half-time of the qualifying Group H encounter, and the HNS later issued a
"This was an obvious act of sabotage and a criminal
act. We condemn it and ask the police and judicial bodies to find the person(s)
responsible for what is a shame not only for Croatian football, but the entire
country," Croatian federation press officer Tomislav Pacak said in a
UEFA have also opened disciplinary proceedings against the
Irish FA after a photographer was struck by a firework during Northern
Ireland's 0-0 draw with Romania in Belfast on Saturday.For
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