Croatian FA fined for racist abuse

Croatia was today fined 80,000 euros (£64,561) after their fans were found guilty of racially abusing Mario Balotelli during their European Championship game against Italy.

The punishment, which was also dished out for the setting off and throwing of fireworks, was the first for a racially-aggravated offence at a tournament which has been marred by the problem.

According to official observers, Italy striker Balotelli was subjected to monkey chants by between 300 and 500 Croatia fans during Thursday's 1-1 Group B draw in Poznan.

There were also accusations of a banana being thrown onto the pitch at the Municipal Stadium.

UEFA said in a statement: "The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has been fined 80,000 euros for the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, and the improper conduct of supporters (racist chants, racist symbols) at the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against Italy in Poznan on Thursday 14 June.

"An appeal can be lodged against this decision within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision."