President slams 'enemies of Croatia' after flare protest at Euro 2016

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Croatia fans caused their match against Czech Republic to be temporarily suspended after they threw flares and firecrackers on to the pitch

Croatia’s president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has slammed the actions of supporters who threw flares on to the pitch in protest during Friday’s Euro 2016 clash with Czech Republic.

Ante Cacic’s side were leading 2-1 before referee Mark Clattenburg was forced to temporarily suspend play as fans began throwing flares and firecrackers on to the pitch.

Croatia players pleaded with their own supporters as a fight also broke out in the stands.

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The planned protest was against the Croatian Football Federation and the corruption which has plagued its domestic league.

And after the match, which ended in a 2-2 draw despite Czech Republic being dominated for the majority of the game, Croatia’s president condemned fans via her official Facebook page.

She posted: “Bravo, firecrackers! Bravo , Croatian fans! And you enemies of Croatia! You hate your team and you are Orjunasima (pro-Yugoslav nazis). I say: you are responsible for this! Shame on you!”

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