Croatian football federation apologizes over swastika sign on ground
June 14 , 2015
Croatia’s football federation has issued an apology over a swastika symbol that was imprinted on a pitch where its national team played against Italy.
The Euro qualifier at Split’s Polijud Stadium was being played with limited access to spectators and viewers to begin with, as punishment for previous incidents that involved fans.
Ground staff tried to remove the Nazi sign during the halftime interval, but without much success.
In a statement, the Croatian federation described the incident as “an obvious act of sabotage and a criminal act” that had brought "shame" to the country.