UEFA’s Disciplinary Body has been keep busy this week by Croatian football ‘fans’..
Just one day after the UEFA Disciplinary Committee deducted Croatia one point from its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, fined the Croatian football federation 100,000 euros and ordered that the next two home qualifiers be played behind closed doors, the committee has fined Hajduk Split 15,000 euros and ordered a partial closure of their stadium (southeastern stand) for their next UEFA Europa League qualifying match.
“This time we received a relatively mild fine, although this was the serious incident usually heavily punished by the UEFA. We appeal on our fans at Poljud, and at all other stadiums where they watch our team not to give any further reason to the UEFA to punish our club. Every following incident with displaying racist symbols would bring more drastic measures; 50,000 euros fine and at least one closed-door match at Poljud. We invite our fans to behaviour fairly, and to keep in mind that Hajduk will be the biggest victim of any further incident, as well as all true fans who won’t be able to watch our team at Poljud,” said Hajduk chairman Marin Brbić.
Since 2008 the Croatian football federation and Croatian clubs have paid UEFA and FIFA 2.1 million euros in fines for a range of incidents. Hajduk Split (720,000 euros) is the most fined Croatian club, followed by Dinamo Zagreb (675,000 euros) and Rijeka (284,000 euros).