Croatian fans form swastika during match with Italy

August 16, 2006

LIVORNO, Italy -- A small group of Croatian fans formed a human swastika midway through an exhibition game with Italy on Wednesday.

Sitting on one end of Livorno's Armando Picchi stadium in a section walled off from Italian fans by large barriers, about 200 Croatian supporters arranged themselves into the Nazi symbol about 30 minutes into Croatia's 2-0 win.

Livorno is known as a left-wing town and the Croatian fans were apparently trying to incite the home fans.

Police eventually moved in, forcing the fans to stop.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press