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

Italy.

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

Gdansk.

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.