September 25, 2008

Croatia Fined Over England Abuse

The Croatian Football Federation has been fined almost £15,000 for fans' racist behaviour during a recent World Cup qualifying game against England.

Striker Emile Heskey was subjected to monkey chants
England striker Emile Heskey was subjected to monkey chants from a small section of the crowd in Zagreb after being booked during the 4-1 victory for Fabio Capello's side.

The Football Association asked Fifa to investigate the incident and the world governing body has now issued a fine.

A statement said: "Racism has no place in football. Fifa is determined to continue broadcasting this message around the globe and deploying all of the means at its disposal to eliminate this form of discrimination."

It is the second time in a matter of months Croatian fans have been found guilty of racist behaviour, with Fifa issuing a small fine during Euro 2008 following chants during their quarter-final against Turkey.

Fifa's disciplinary committee have now warned the CFF that further incidents could result in "more severe sanctions".

Sky News

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