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UEFA Launches New Racism Probe Against Croatia After Fan Incidents

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Croatia is facing a second charge over the racist behaviour of its fans after UEFA launched a new investigation against the country’s football federation following crowd incidents during a European Championship match, according to The Associated Press

The proceedings relate to “the improper conduct of supporters (display of racist banners and symbols)” during June 18 Group C match against Spain in Gdansk, UEFA said Wednesday.

UEFA is also investigating “the setting-off and throwing of fireworks” by Croatia fans and the “improper conduct of the team,” which had six players booked during the 1-0 loss.

The new probe was opened by UEFA only a day after it fined the Croatian FA 80,000 euros (about $105,000 Cdn) for its supporters’ racist abuse of Italy forward Mario Balotelli in the team’s second match at Euro 2012. Stadium monitors showed 300 Croatia fans making monkey noises at Balotelli, who is black.

The association was also fined €25,000 ($31,500) last week for its fans’ behaviour at an earlier match against Ireland.

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