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UEFA looks into reports of racism by Croatia fans

Friday - 6/15/2012, 12:15pm  ET

By GRAHAM DUNBAR
AP Sports Writer

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - UEFA is looking into reports that Croatia fans threw a banana on the field and racially abused Italy striker Mario Balotelli during the match at the Euro 2012 tournament.

UEFA says it is seeking more information on the alleged fan behavior during the game Thursday in Poznan, Poland.

An anti-discrimination group appointed by UEFA says it has "categorical" eyewitness accounts indicating nearly 300 people directed monkey chants at Balotelli, who is black.

Piara Powar, of Football Against Racism in Europe, tells The Associated Press that the chants were "not a boo or something that could be misinterpreted."

Balotelli has been the target of alleged abuse at both Italy matches during the Euro 2012 tournament.


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