Euro 2016: Croatia, Turkey face Uefa action over crowd trouble

Ground staff removing flares from the pitch during the Euro 2016 match between the Czech Republic and Croatia.
Ground staff removing flares from the pitch during the Euro 2016 match between the Czech Republic and Croatia.PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (REUTERS) - European football's governing body Uefa said on Saturday that it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the soccer federations of Croatia and Turkey for crowd trouble during the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

Both associations could face sanctions for fans from their countries "throwing objects and setting off fireworks", a statement read.

Croatia faces additional charges over alleged "racist behaviour", while Turkey faces charges over supporters invading the pitch.

The incidents occurred on Friday during the Spain v Turkey and Czech Republic v Croatia matches. The hearing will take place on Monday.

The Croatia game in St Etienne was held up for several minutes after its fans threw flares onto the pitch and began fighting among themselves.

Eight flares and other objects landed on the pitch near to riot police, who had been deployed in front of the section housing Croatia fans.

The trouble broke out in the dying minutes of a game that Croatia were leading 2-1. With some Croatia players obviously distracted by the commotion, the Czechs equalised in added time for a 2-2 draw .

Croatia, sanctioned three times during the qualifying competition, is already facing a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday after fans threw flares and ran onto the pitch during the team's opening match at the Finals against Turkey in Paris.