UEFA looks into reports of racism by Croatia fans

UEFA is looking into reports that Croatia fans threw a banana on

the field and racially abused Italy striker Mario Balotelli during

the match at the Euro 2012 tournament.

UEFA says it is seeking more information on the alleged fan

behavior during the game Thursday in Poznan, Poland.

An anti-discrimination group appointed by UEFA says it has

”categorical” eyewitness accounts indicating nearly 300 people

directed monkey chants at Balotelli, who is black.

Piara Powar, of Football Against Racism in Europe, tells The

Associated Press that the chants were ”not a boo or something that

could be misinterpreted.”

Balotelli has been the target of alleged abuse at both Italy

matches during the Euro 2012 tournament.