One flare let off by travelling Celtic fans during last night’s UEFA Europa League match against Dinamo Zagreb at Maksimir stadium was all it took before Croatian police stepped in and prevented any further problems during the match…
Celtic could face disciplinary action from UEFA after their fans let off a flare during the opening stages of last night’s match, which saw no interruptions on the pitch, a stark contrast to what happened on 16 November at the San Siro stadium in Italy when Croatian fans hurled dozens of flares onto the ground during their EURO 2016 qualifier.
Croatian police last night were quick to intervene, appearing to spray the Celtic supporters with a liquid soon after the first flare went off. Unconfirmed reports in the British media suggest that it was CS spray which was used in order to control the Celtic fans. The Croatian police did a good job in making sure nothing escalated in the away end, and that the match continued on as normal. More than 1,500 Celtic fans had travelled to Zagreb for the match.
Wind the clock back to that night in Milan as Italian police appeared to just let a ‘known section’ of the crowd, and only a few hundred of them, hurl an arsenal of flares onto the pitch for a prolonged period. Perhaps the Italian police could come get some training in Croatia.