Croatia are facing possible sanction after their fans lit flares
and let off smoke bombs to celebrate two first-half goals in
their opening Euro 2012 match against the Republic of Ireland,
UEFA said on Tuesday.
A spokesman for European football's governing body told reporters
in the Polish capital Warsaw that the organisation's Control and
Disciplinary Committee would discuss the case on Friday.
An AFP reporter at the match in Poznan, western Poland, on Sunday
said that at least two flares were clearly visible in one section
of the crowd, as ecstatic Croatia fans marked Mario Mandzukic's
The stadium announcer issued an appeal to fans to behave but at
least four more flares were lit while a smoke bomb was let off
and curled over the pitch after Nikica Jelavic added Croatia's
second in the 43rd minute.
Croatia won the Group C match 3-1.
UEFA has already initiated proceedings against Russia after its
fans lit and threw fireworks and displayed potentially
inflammatory "Russian Empire" flags at Friday's Group A game with
the Czech Republic in the southwestern Polish city of Wroclaw.
It is also taking action against Germany and Portugal over the
behaviour of their fans in Saturday's Group B match in Lviv,
Ukraine, which Germany won 1-0.