CROATIA could be kicked out of Euro 2008 if fans abuse England’s black players tomorrow.
Soccer chiefs fear trouble after 200 of their supporters formed a human swastika at a friendly in Italy.
UEFA’s William Gaillard warned: “We won’t tolerate racism. We have had many problems with this in Eastern Europe before and Croatia have been among the worst offenders.
“But we are determined this will not happen again and will send out a strong message to stop any incidents during the game against England.
“FIFA have recently introduced new rules which can, in extreme cases, lead to a team being docked points or even being excluded from the competition.
“Because of the problems we have encountered with Croatian teams in the past, they have been warned future sanctions will be much heavier than any which have been imposed for previous incidents.”
Croatian supporters have a long history of racism. The nation’s federation were fined after French players were racially abused and white supremacist banners were displayed at Euro 2004.
And UEFA were fuming following the human swastika incident in Livorno, Italy, two months ago.
Action group Let’s Kick Racism out of football will today launch a Kick It Out Week of Action in the community.