UEFA charges Croatia over fan on pitch, fireworks

UEFA has charged Croatia after a fan invaded the pitch and

others set off fireworks and threw objects during a European

Championship match against Ireland.

Croatia is the fourth country charged by UEFA for alleged

improper conduct by fans during the opening round of matches in

Poland and Ukraine.

UEFA is also investigating cases against Russia, Germany and

Portugal.

A Croatia fan was tackled by stewards after trying to reach

coach Slaven Bilic following a 3-1 win Sunday in Poznan.

After Croatia led 2-1, Ireland’s kickoff was delayed while smoke

from fireworks cleared at one end of the stadium packed with

Croatia fans.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will review the case on Friday.

Croatia is likely to pay a financial penalty.