NEW YORK, Switzerland (AP) — Croatia’s soccer federation was fined by UEFA on Friday for “racist and discriminatory behavior” by fans in the team’s final match before the World Cup.
UEFA did not specify the incident in Croatia’s 3-1 victory over Austria in the Nations League in September, which was reported to have involved booing and right-wing chants from fans in the federation.
UEFA ordered part of the stadium to be closed when Croatia host Wales in March to open their 2024 European Championship qualifying group. The Croatian Football Federation was fined 20,000 euros ($19,900) for discrimination in Vienna and 23,000 euros ($22,900) for other incidents in Vienna.
Prolonged tensions between Croatian fans and national football officials led to a match at Euro 2016 being abandoned due to chaos in the stands.
Croatia prepares for the World Cup against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on November 16, a week before their opening game in Qatar.
The qualifying round of the 2018 World Cup is in the group with Belgium, Canada and Morocco.