Unsavoury scenes from the Croatia fans marred the end of their Euro 2016 group-stage match against the Czech Republic this evening.
Play was halted by referee Mark Clattenburg after dozens of flares were thrown onto the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard pitch in Saint-Étienne.
The Croatian players appealed for their fans to stop - scuffles were breaking out in that stand behind the goal at the same time - and one of the match officials attempting to clear the pitch off the flares was given a nasty shock when one exploded next to him. (Scroll down to watch the video).
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay4
The force of the blast from the flare was enough to send the man to the ground.
Croatia are sure to be punished by UEFA for tonight’s chaotic scenes, although questions will be asked over how the fans managed to bring in so many flares.
Video: Official hit by flare
Final score: 2-2
The final score finished 2-2.
Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic appeared to have given Croatia all three points with two goals inside the opening hour; however, goals from Milan Skoda and a 93rd-minute penalty by Tomas Necid secured an unlikely point for the Czechs.
Can Croatia win Euro 2016? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms