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Football: Croatia's football body fined over pro-Nazi, fascist chants

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17 June (AKI) - The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has fined Croatia's top football body 80,000 euros after fans displayed Nazi symbols a European championship qualifying match with Georgia two weeks ago, Croatian media reported on Friday.

In the Adriatic resort of Split, tens of thousands of Croatian fans on 3 June chanted fascist slogans, displayed banners, including a Nazi swastika, and glorified the Croatian Ustashes, the World War II fascist movement appointed by the Nazi's to administer a part of occupied Yugoslavia as the puppet Independent State of Croatia.

“We are all Ustashe,” the crowd chanted, violating UEFA rules which ban using sporting events for political purposes.

Croatian media had speculated that Croatia may be fined to play several matches without in empty stadiums, but UEFA's disciplinary commission ruled the financial fine was more appropriate.

Croatia won the game 2-1 and was a step away from qualifying for next year’s European championship to be held in Poland and Ukraine.

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