Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Czechs, Croatians Tie in European Soccer after Fans Disrupt Match

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Czechs, Croatians Tie in European Soccer after Fans Disrupt Match

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Czechs, Croatians tie after fans disrupt match

The Czech Republic salvaged a 2-2 draw with Croatia on Friday in the European Championship in a game that was stopped for several minutes after flares were thrown onto the field, in Saint-Etienne, France, and Croatia fans fought among themselves.

Croatia potentially is facing a big fine from UEFA over the incidents. The governing body of the tourney said it will open disciplinary procedures against Croatia. And Croatia coach Ante Cacic was furious at the behavior of the team's fans. Speaking through a translator, Cacic described those responsible for the incidents as "sports terrorists" and said "they don't deserve to sit in stands. They ruin everything we are doing. It's a group of maybe six, seven or 10 individuals. I hope we can identify them and that they will be punished. …

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