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Czech Republic 2-2 Croatia: Flares thrown onto pitch as match briefly suspended

Czech Republic kept their Euro 2016 hopes alive with a dramatic comeback against Croatia in St Etienne.

Croatia had led 2-0 and looked like winning comfortably until their star midfielder Luka Modric was substituted midway through the second half. Goals by Milan Skoda and a late penalty by Tomas Necid earned a point for the Czechs.

Ugly scenes marred the match late on, however, as flares were thrown onto the pitch and fans scuffled in a Croatia section of the stadium. English referee Mark Clattenburg suspended the match for several minutes as Croatia's players appealed to their own supporters to calm down.

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Croatia deducted point over Swastika incident

Police officers are seen on a pitch where the faint pattern of a swastika is seen. Credit: Reuters

Croatia have been deducted one European Championship qualifying point and fined 100,000 euros after a Swastika appeared to be marked on the pitch in a match against Italy.

They have also been ordered to play their next two home games behind closed doors.

Bleach was used to imprint the symbol on the pitch, which the Croatians have claimed was sabotage done ahead of the 1-1 draw in Split.

"The Croatian Football Federation has received a point deduction for the European Qualifiers and has been ordered to play two matches behind closed doors," European soccer's governing body UEFA said in a statement on Thursday.

The match with Italy was being played behind closed doors after Croatia were punished for racist chanting during their match with Norway in March.

Uefa open disciplinary proceedings over 'Swastika'

The Swastika could be seen from the stands. Credit: Reuters

The Croatian FA could find themselves in trouble after Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings against them over a Swastika being marked onto their pitch ahead of their behind-closed-doors clash with Italy.

Bleach was used to imprint the symbol on the pitch, which the Croatians have claimed was sabotage done ahead of the 1-1 draw in Split.

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UN court: Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide

The UN's highest court has ruled that neither Croatia nor Serbia committed genocide against each other's populations during the Balkan wars that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

The ICJ ruled neither Croatia nor Serbia committed genocide. Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Peter Tomka, president of the International Court of Justice, said many crimes had been committed by both countries' forces during the conflict.

However, the intent to commit genocide - by "destroying a population in whole or in part" - had not been proven against either country, he added.

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Father and two children killed in Croatia car crash

A father and two of his children have been killed after their car crashed into a lorry in Croatia. 37-year-old Erion Isufi, 15-year-old Richard Isufi and Ramela, who was 14 died near the village of Slano.

Erion Isufi Credit: Facebook
Richard Isufi Credit: Facebook
Ramela Isufi Credit: Facebook

They were on their way to Dubrovnik when it's thought Erion lost control of their car. His wife Meri and youngest son, 9-year-old Clive were seriously injured.

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