The Latest: UEFA opens disciplinary case against Croatia


PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer’s European Championship (all times local):

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12:13 p.m.

UEFA has formally opened a disciplinary case against the Croatian soccer federation for fan disorder at a European Championship game.

Play was stopped for several minutes late in Croatia’s 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic in Saint-Etienne on Friday when firecrackers and lit flares were thrown on the field from one end of the stadium where its fans were.

Croatia fans then fought among themselves as players appealed for calm.

UEFA says the charges relate to racist behavior, crowd disturbances, throwing of objects on the field, and setting off fireworks.

The Croatia federation faces a five-figure fine when the case is judged on Monday.

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12:10 p.m.

UEFA’s anti-discrimination monitors say they have told European Championship organizers about fascist songs and banners waved by Croatia fans during Friday’s game against the Czech Republic.

The Fare Network’s report to UEFA was produced after a game that was halted for several minutes in Saint-Etienne when firecrackers and flares were thrown on the field from an end of the stadium where Croatia fans were sitting.

UEFA is set to announce details of the charges against the Croatian federation on Saturday.

The UEFA-affiliated Fare Network has two observers at every Euro 2016 match in France.

UEFA fined Croatia at Euro 2012 for a series of incidents including racial insults aimed at Italy forward Mario Balotelli, a fan running on the field, and fans’ offensive chants and banners.

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11:10 a.m.

The Czech Republic’s team doctor Petr Krejci says captain Tomas Rosicky will have a scan on Saturday aimed at determining the nature of a thigh injury he picked up in the 2-2 draw with Croatia at the European Championship on Friday.

Krejci says if the check on Saturday reveals that Rosicky has a tear in his muscle “then, the tournament is over for him. If not, we will do all we can to get him ready for the game against Turkey.”

The Czechs have one point in Group D and will likely need to beat Turkey in their final Group D match on Tuesday to have a chance of advancing to the knock out round of the competition.

Rosicky said he doubted he would be available.

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