UEFA are investigating Croatia over an apparent FARE violation, Jutarnji reports. So what does this mean for Croatian fans and the next home match?
FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) is an initiative created by UEFA to hinder discrimination in football. According to reports, it is rumored three individuals brought in an Ustaša flag to Friday’s home match against Latvia in Rijeka. According to FARE, the flag has been deemed illegal and banned from UEFA matches. If the investigation comes back supporting the notion that the Ustaša flag was indeed waved at the game, Croatia could face repercussions. The most likely outcome — if found guilty — would be a fan ban from home matches. This would mean next month’s home clash against Turkey in Osijek would be forced to be played behind closed doors. The HNS released a statement saying they “took actions to remove the problematic fans from attendance when they realized what had occurred.” They further went on to state that the two individuals were taken into custody, alongside a third individual who helped smuggle the flag into the stadium. The HNS hopes their swift actions will negate the actions of the three individuals. Should this be the case, Croatia would continue to have home fans in attendance for crucial matches down later this year in Euro 2024 qualifying versus Turkey and Armenia.