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More racism charges levied

Published: June 27, 2012 | 11:06 am
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UEFA charged the Spanish and Russian football associations on Tuesday for racist chants by fans at Euro 2012, and fined Croatia after its fans displayed racist banners.

The charges follow reports that monkey noises were directed by Spain fans at Italy forward Mario Balotelli, and that Russian fans targeted Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie. Both players are black.

UEFA said its disciplinary panel will deal with the cases Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the first proven case of racist abuse at Euro 2012, UEFA fined the Croatia football association €80,000 ($100,000) for a range of charges including insults at Balotelli.

Monitors reported that around 300 Croatia supporters made monkey noises at the Italy forward during a June 14 game in Poznan.

Also Tuesday, UEFA fined Croatia C30,000 ($37,400) after fans displayed “racist banners and symbols” and threw fireworks at a June 18 match against Spain in Gdansk.

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