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12th Jun 2015

PIC: Bizarre incident sees swastika cut into pitch before Friday’s Croatia-Italy game


Kevin McGillicuddy


Croatia could be in serious trouble after a swastika was marked into the turf at the Stadion Poljud in Split for tonight’s clash with Italy.

It’s believed that Italy made a complaint after the game when the image was spotted on TV coverage of the match held at the empty stadium.

Tonight’s match was held behind closed doors after the Croatain FA were handed a sanction for racist chanting by Croatian fans against Norway in March.

After tonight’s incident they are likely to face even more serious sanctions.

When the problem was spotted officials tried to cover it up at half-time

The game ended 1-1.

Afterwards Italian football officials confirmed they will be lodging a complaint

UPDATE: ‘This is sabotage and a felony. We expect police to identify the perpetrators,’ said Tomislav Pacak, a Croatian Football Federation (HNS) spokesman.

‘This is a disgrace not just for the HNS but for the whole of Croatia.’

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