Cacic labels trouble fans "sports terrorists"

Croatia manager Ante Cacic has labelled fans "sports terrorists" after crowd trouble.

Cacic labels trouble fans "sports terrorists"
Above: Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Peresic pleading with fans in Croatia's 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic | Photo: Reuters

Croatia manager Ante Cacic has labeled fans "sports terrorists" after crowd trouble during their 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic.

Ending on a low

Ivan Peresic and Ivan Rakitic gave Cacic's side a seemingly comfortable lead, however late goals from Milan Skoda and Tomas Necid secured a point.

A dramatic result was tarnished, though, as referee Mark Clattenburg was forced to abandon the match with four minutes to go, as flares were thrown on the pitch and fighting began in the stands.

On the incident, Cacic told the media that the minority of troubled Croatia fans are "really scary" and would call them "hooligans" and are not "Croatian Supporters" but "sports terrorists" and Croatia don't "want to mess" with these "kind of hooligans."

He continued saying that it is just down to "six to 10 individuals" and hopes that they can be "identified" and "punished" and the Croatian FA  can do "everything" to "prevent this" but admitted that it is "impossible to avoid."

Cacic felt that "ninety-five per cent" of Croatia supporters are "ashamed" in "front of Europe" and that his players are "very sad" that this incident has happened after playing a "beautiful match."

Above: Ivan Rakitic waiting on the pitch in Croatia's 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic | Photo: Sky Sports
Above: Ivan Rakitic waiting on the pitch in Croatia's 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic | Photo: Sky Sports

Fear of exclusion

UEFA have opened disciplinary action against the Croatian's, for both their actions in the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard as well as alleged racist chanting, and goal scorer Rakitic, fears that his country maybe removed from the tournament.

Rakitic told HTV that they will "have to see" if they will face Spain as they may be sent "home after this."

He continued saying that there is "a lot more fans" who "love the national team" and will "not be able" to see Croatia play and is "hard to say" and were "lucky" that the "match went on" as Clattenburg wanted to end the match "immediately."

Croatia will take on Spain in their final Euro 2016 group game at Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux on Tuesday, June 21 with kick-off at 8pm BST.