Uefa investigate racist acts

Uefa are to investigate reports that a banana was thrown on to the pitch during Thursday’s Group C encounter between Italy and Croatia.

Mario Balotelli spoke out before the tournament began that he would have little tolerance for any acts of racism. A photographer at the game claimed to witnessing a steward retrieving a banana that was thrown on to the pitch, and heard monkey chants aimed at the Azzuri striker.

“We are looking into the reports.”, a spokesman for Uefa told Press Association Sport.

This is the third investigation of the tournament, as the Spain v Italy and Russia v Czech Republic games are also under the spotlight.

Members of a Spanish fans’ group have admitted that they notice some Spain fans aiming racist abuse towards Balotelli in the Italy game. Italy and Spain are both still in contention to qualify for the quarter-finals, and are in action on Monday.

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