The international football federation, FIFA, has ordered Croatia to play their next two home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors and fined it with 150,000 Swiss francs after incidents at two recent friendlies, played against Israel in Osijek, Croatia, and against Hungary in Budapest.
The national football team was punished after Croatian fans engaged in racist and discriminatory chants, more specifically two cases of glorification of the World War II Ustasha regime, during matches against Israel on March 23 and Hungary three days later.
Croatia will thus play Turkey on September 5 and Finland, on 9 October, behind closed doors.
The national football federation has expressed its shock at FIFA's decision, saying that it would appeal against it.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 13:36