Following the 2-0 victory over Malta in Zagreb Tuesday night, Croatian players lashed out at HNS president Davor Šuker, saying that games should no longer be played at Maksimir due to the low fan turnout. Only 8,000 Croatian supporters came out to the opening Euro 2016 qualifier.
Veteran Ivan Rakitić said that he wished Croatia played home games in Zagreb that mimicked BBB’s futsal games in Šalata two days prior to the Malta match.
The next home qualifier takes place October 13th in Osijek against Azerbaijan. But after that, there’s not another game in Croatia until March 2015. There’s definitely time for changes to be made. Will the players’ wishes to play in Pula, Split or Rijeka be heard? Or will the effort fall on deaf ears as games continue to be played in front of a quarter-packed Maksimir Stadion?