Croatia boss Ante Cacic has described fans who threw flares on to the pitch against Czech Republic as ‘sports terrorists’ – and his team could now be booted out of Euro 2016.
Croatian scorer Ivan Perisic and a steward turned in horror as a firework exploded next to them during the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic.
As many as 15 missiles were thrown onto the field, forcing English ref Mark Clattenburg to halt play for six minutes. There was even a threat of the game being abandoned as hooligans scrapped behind the goal Croatia were attacking in the closing stages.
Barcelona ace Ivan Rakitic fears they will now be thrown out of the finals.
He said: “We have to see if we will play against Spain, maybe they will send us home after this.
“There are a lot more fans that love the national team and they will not be able to see Croatia play.
“It is hard to say, but we feel more comfortable playing away. We were lucky that the match went on, the referee wanted to end it immediately.
“We just have to say sorry to Uefa, the Czech Republic and all people around the world who love football.”
Uefa will launch immediate disciplinary proceedings this morning, as soon as they get the official report from Clattenburg.