The Croatian football federation apologises after the Euro qualifier with Italy was marred by a large swastika etched on the pitch in Split. Diane Hodges reports.
An another embarrassment for Croatia. Someone etches a swastika into the field where Croatia and Italy would face off in a qualifying match for Euro 2016, bringing an apology and condemnation from Croatian Football Federation Spokesman Tomislav Pacak. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CROATIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION SPOKESMAN TOMISLAV PACAK, SAYING: "We would like to apologize to all fans watching the game on television, to players of both teams, to our guests from Italy, for the Nazi symbol which was visible on the pitch of the Poljud stadium during the game. This is obviously an act of sabotage and a felony, which we condemn and we call on the police to find the perpetrators responsible for this act, which is not only a disgrace for Croatian football, but also for the entire country." There were no Croatian fans at the match. They'd been banned after shouting racist slogans during a home win over Norway in March.