Wawsaw, Poland – Uefa has fined Croatia's football association $101,000 after fans racially abused Italy forward Mario Balotelli at a European Championship match.
The charges related to “the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, and the improper conduct of supporters (racist chants, racist symbols).”
Uefa received reports from stadium monitors that 300 Croatia fans made monkey noises at Balotelli during a 1-1 draw in Poznan last Thursday.
Croatia's case was the first formal racism charge prosecuted by Uefa at Euro 2012 after lacking evidence in previous reported incidents. Croatia was eliminated from the tournament Monday. – Sapa-AP