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Fifa fines Croatia over fans’ xenophobic chants

/ 06:02 PM December 08, 2022
Canada's goalkeeper #18 Milan Borjan reacts after his team lost the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Canada and Morocco at the Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on December 1, 2022.

Canada’s goalkeeper #18 Milan Borjan reacts after his team lost the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Canada and Morocco at the Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on December 1, 2022. (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP)

FIFA on Wednesday sanctioned World Cup quarter-finalists Croatia following abuse by their fans targeting Canada’s goalkeeper Milan Borjan.

A disciplinary inquiry fined the Croatian federation 50,000 Swiss francs (50,674 euros, $53,000) “in relation to the behavior of Croatian supporters during the Croatia v. Canada FIFA World Cup match on 27 November,” a statement announced.

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During the match in Doha, Croatia fans verbally insulted Borjan, an ethnic Serb, who was born in Croatia but fled the country as a child.

They also brandished banners, including one which referred to a 1995 military operation that ended Croatia’s independence war.

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During and after the operation more than 200,000 ethnic Serbs fled the country, including Borjan’s family.

Croatia’s punishment comes 48 hours before they take on Brazil in the last-eight on Friday.

The Serbian federation was also in the FIFA dock, receiving a 20,000 Swiss franc fine over a controversial flag depicting Kosovo hung up in the team’s dressing room during their group game against Brazil.

The Kosovo football federation (FFK) filed a complaint with the governing body after photos showed a version of the Serbian flag with a map including Kosovo as part of the country and stamped with the slogan “there will be no surrender”.

Kosovo, a former Yugoslav province with an Albanian majority, declared independence from Serbia in 2008, which Belgrade refuses to recognize.

In a third case before FIFA’s disciplinary committee, six bookings for the Saudi Arabian team in their games against Argentina and Mexico cost their federation two fines of 15,000 Swiss francs each.

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