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Croatia blow lead and will now face sanctions after trouble

Czech Republic 2-2 Croatia

By Staff Reporter

Croatia are facing the prospect of Uefa sanctions after several flares were thrown on to the pitch and fighting broke out in the stands late on in their Euro 2016 draw with the Czech Republic.

One steward was nearly hit by a firecracker which also just missed Croatia goalscorer Ivan Perisic. After receiving immediate attention it was established that the steward did not need hospital treatment.

However, a disciplinary case against the Croatian Football Federation is set to be opened today. Croatia are already facing action over disturbances during their Group D opener against Turkey last Saturday - and they were also docked a point in their qualifying campaign after a swastika symbol was seen on their pitch.

Former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic warned there will be more crowd trouble after condemning the violent scenes which marred the 2-2 draw.

The West Ham boss said: ''It's unbelievable what those people are doing. The majority of the fans are telling them to not do it. Some of them are there on a mission. It's probably not the last time they'll do it."'

Croatia blew a 2-0 lead in the last 15 minutes as they were denied the chance to qualify for the second round.

Perisic and Ivan Rakitic put them in control only for Milan Skoda and Tomas Necid's stoppage-time penalty, after Domagoj Vida's handball, to rescue the Czech Republic.

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