A flare was lit in the Hungarian fans’ section this afternoon as their national anthem played before the start of their European Championship game against Iceland.
Further flares were thrown onto the pitch after their team scored, thanks to an own-goal by one of Iceland’s defenders in a match which ended 1-1.
The game started with a line of riot police in front of the Hungarian fans after a group of supporters clashed with stewards as they tried to move from one stand to another by climbing a fence in a corner section.
About 100 Hungarian supporters wearing black were involved during the incident at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille.
Play was stopped for several minutes late in a 2-2 draw in Saint-Etienne when firecrackers and lit flares were thrown on the field.
Some Croatia fans then fought among themselves.
UEFA’s disciplinary panel will meet on Monday to judge charges relating to the fan disorder and also far-Right chants and banners.
The federation said the incidents resulted from ‘the passivity of the Croatian state,’ which it blamed for not identifying and punishing fans involved in previous incidents over several years.
Croatia’s soccer body said it apologises ‘to the spectators at Saint-Etienne, to the television audience, and the Czech Republic national football team’.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic has called for a government session to discuss fan disturbances at the European Championship.
Grabar Kitarovic, evoking for the first time her constitutional right to call urgent government meetings, said the country must adopt new stricter laws against hooliganism in the sport.
The session could be held early next week.
Source: Daily Mail Online
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