UEFA looks into reports banana thrown at Euro 2012
UEFA is looking into reports that a banana was thrown by Croatia
fans toward the pitch during a European Championship match against
UEFA said Friday it is seeking more information about the
incident, which reportedly happened Thursday in Poznan, Poland.
European football’s ruling body said it had not opened a
disciplinary case against the Croatia football association.
Both Italy matches at Euro 2012 have now been the subject of
alleged racist abuse by its opponent’s fans.
UEFA is currently investigating claims by a Spanish fans’ group
that some Spain followers made monkey chants at Italy forward Mario
Balotelli, who is black, during a Group C match last Sunday in
Balotelli started for Italy against Croatia, and was replaced in
the second half.
Ahead of the tournament, Balotelli said in an interview that he
would want to ”kill” anyone who threw a banana at him. He also
threatened to walk off the pitch if he was racially abused.
The Croatia FA is already facing UEFA punishment for its fans
throwing fireworks onto the pitch during both its matches, against
Ireland and Italy. A fan also ran on to the field after the Croats
beat Ireland 3-1.
A UEFA verdict was expected Friday on charges arising from the
Croatia vs. Ireland game last Sunday.
In a separate case Friday, the Italian FA lodged a complaint
with UEFA over Croatia fans whistling when Italy’s national anthem
was played before the match.