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Last night's match between Croatia and Czech Republic was marred in injury time by trouble in the crowd with fighting in the stands and flares and firecrackers thrown onto the pitch by Croatian Ultras. And the group have more planned for the match against Spain.
Croatia were cruising at 2-0 in the match and even after conceding they looked to be closing the game out when in injury time some fans started trouble and threw flares and firecrackers onto the pitch, one which exploded in the face of a steward who was lucky to come away unharmed after the incident.
Croatian journalist Aleksandar Holiga explained on Twitter last night that it was a demonstration against the country's FA:
However, these people aren't doing it because they hate Croatia. They hate what #CRO footbal has become so much that they don't care.- Aleksandar Holiga (@AlexHoliga) June 17, 2016
Croatian football is run by a criminal, Zdravko Mamić, and his puppets. They are hypocrites, fake patriots and thieves.- Aleksandar Holiga (@AlexHoliga) June 17, 2016
UEFA have already confirmed that they will open disciplinary proceedings against Croatia and Holiga also said on Twitter last night that he expects the country to be expelled from qualification for the 2018 World Cup. However it seems that's not going to stop the Ultras in Croatia's crunch final group game against Spain.
The same Facebook group that posted the plans for last night's disturbance has posted plans for the match against Spain with the ground plan that of the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux:
If the team can beat two time reigning champions Spain in their match on Tuesday then they will finish top of the group however with the fans seemingly planning more trouble in the wine region of France thoughts must be on safety of the fans rather than the match first.
Here's the plans from the match last night with the different coloured arrows, circles and Xs seeming to be differing groups of 'fans'
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