Croatia coach Slaven Bilic slammed the fans from his country who have led to the Croatian FA being charged with improper conduct following abuse aimed at Mario Balotelli during Thursday’s game against Italy in Poznan.
UEFA laid the charge after it received reports of monkey chants aimed at Balotelli as he was substituted during the match. A steward also removed a banana that was thrown onto the pitch.
Speaking on Sunday, Bilic said: “It [racism] is a big problem all around the world and on behalf of the entire nation, not even as a football manager, I want to say that I am really disappointed as a Croatian, a parent and a sportsman, a person who comes from a modern, open-minded and tolerant state.
“Everyone is welcome in our country. I don’t like these kind of supporters and nor do my players. I live in Croatia and we really are a tolerant country. We are not a racist country and we are angry at these few crazy supporters.”
Asked if he would support bans for those involved, Bilic said: “We need to have sanctions to stop them forever. It’s very disappointing to hear that some of our supporters have behaved like this.”© ESPN