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Croatia hit with fines after crowd trouble

By Robert Jones

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has been fined €100,000 (£77,000) for incidents including the use of fireworks and racist behaviour of supporters, UEFA has announced.

A series of disturbances occurred during Croatia's 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic in the Euro 2016 group stages in Saint-Etienne on Friday.

The HNS has also been banned from selling tickets to fans identified as hooligans for the remainder of the tournament. The Group D game, during which Croatia surrendered a 2-0 lead, was halted for five minutes by English referee Mark Clattenburg when flares were thrown onto the pitch in the 86th minute.

Croatia meet Spain in their final group game tonight, with their opponents having already qualified for the Round of 16.

UEFA has also announced that charges have brought against Romania and Albania following the latter's 1-0 victory over the former in Lyon on Sunday.

The federations of both countries will face charges over the setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects with Albania having to answer an additional charge relating to a field invasion.

Cases are also pending against Turkey, Hungary, Belgium and Portugal, while Russia have been hit with a suspended disqualification following the violence which marred their draw with England.

  • Croatia v Spain, Euro 2016 Group D: Bordeaux, Tonight, 8.00pm

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