Croatia rejects UEFA hooliganism warning
Croatia has rejected a warning from European soccer’s ruling
body that fan violence and racism could lead to its teams being
banned from international competitions.
Croatia says the same problems are rife throughout Europe. Its
sports ministers and police said Monday that the governing body
should concentrate more on its own corruption and betting scandals
than criticizing the Balkan country.
Neighboring Serbia has also been warned by UEFA but says it will
do all it can to curb hooliganism at stadiums.
UEFA President Michel Platini has twice in two years warned
Serbian and Croatian political leaders that their national and club
teams face suspension if they don’t act to curb the problems.
Croatia and Serbia meet in a World Cup qualifier March 22 in