Croatia fined for xenophobic fans

Croatia fined for xenophobic fans

FIFA sanctioned World Cup quarter-finalists Croatia on Wednesday after fans abused Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan.

A disciplinary investigation fined the Croatian federation 50,000 Swiss francs (€50,674) “in connection with the conduct of Croatian fans during the Croatia-Canada match of the FIFA World Cup on 27 November”, the notice said.

During the match in Doha, Croatian fans insulted Borjan, an ethnic Serb who was born in Croatia but fled the country as a child.

They also held up banners, including one referring to the 1995 military operation to end Croatia’s war of independence.

During and after the campaign, more than 200,000 ethnic Serbs fled the country, including Borjan’s family.

Croatia’s penalty comes 48 hours before they face Brazil in Friday’s quarter-final.

The Serbian federation was also fined 20,000 Swiss francs by FIFA for the controversial flag depicting Kosovo being flown in the team’s dressing room during the group stage match against Brazil.

The Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK) filed a complaint with the governing body after photos showed a version of the Serbian flag with a map that included Kosovo as part of the country and was stamped with the slogan “do not surrender will not surrender”.

Kosovo, a province of the former Yugoslavia with an Albanian majority, declared independence from Serbia in 2008, which Belgrade refuses to recognize.

In the third case before FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee, six warnings given to the Saudi team during matches against Argentina and Mexico resulted in their federation being fined twice, 15,000 Swiss francs each.

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