Croatia head coach Ante Cacic will have a cause to worry after the team’s fans engaged in hooliganism acts during the nation’s Euro 2016 clash against Czech Republic on Friday 17 June.
Croatia was in full control of the game was headed for a 2 – 1 win before fighting broke out from a section of the Croatia fans who also started throwing flares to the pitch and caused a five minute stoppage.
On return, Czech won a penalty that leveled matters, forcing Croatia to wait longer for a place in the last six and the coach speaking afterwards castigated the fans, calling them hooligans and sports terrorists.
The incidents will definitely attract sanctions from UEFA who have already had such problems with Croatia before and Cacic’s hope is that the body will understand the situation even as he calls on the Croatia FA to act on it.
“They are not really Croatia supporters. These people are scary and I call them hooligans. The 95% of Croatian supporters are ashamed in front of Europe.
“These are sports terrorists. This is maybe just a question about six to 10 individuals. I hope they can be identified and punished. I hope the Croatia FA is doing everything to prevent this, but it is impossible to avoid.
“Most supporters support this team and are real supporters. But 10 individuals can make all these problems. It is clear that the Croatian FA and [Croatian FA president] Davor Suker are fighting against this.
“I hope Uefa can understand this,” said Cacic.