Italy seeks UEFA sanctions over anthem whistles

The Italian football federation has sent a letter to UEFA

seeking sanctions after the country’s national anthem was again

whistled at during the European Championship.

Loud whistles emanated from Croatian fans during the anthem

before Thursday’s 1-1 draw. Spain fans also whistled – albeit in

lesser numbers – ahead of the opening Group C match with Italy,

also a 1-1 draw.

Italian delegation head Demetrio Albertini wrote to UEFA general

secretary Gianni Infantino saying that he knows anthems are often

whistled, ”but that doesn’t mean certain behavior should not be

publicly condemned, considering the sport values that UEFA has

always upheld.”

Italy next faces Ireland.