Croatia fined for racist chanting

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Croatia have been fined 80,000 euros (£64,561) after their fans were found guilty of racially abusing Mario Balotelli during their European Championship Group B game against Italy at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.

The punishment, which was also dished out for the setting off and throwing of fireworks, was the first for a racially-aggravated offence at a tournament. According to official observers, Italy striker Balotelli was subjected to monkey chants by between 300 and 500 Croatia fans during the 1-1 draw and there were also accusations of a banana being thrown onto the pitch.

UEFA said in a statement: "The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has been fined 80,000 euros for the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, and the improper conduct of supporters (racist chants, racist symbols) at the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against Italy in Poznan on Thursday 14 June."

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