Croatia charged after fans taunt Canadian World Cup player

Nov 28, 2022, 11:33 AM | Updated: Nov 29, 2022, 8:16 am
Canada's goalkeeper Milan Borjan embraces Canada's head coach John Herdman, left, after they scored...

Canada's goalkeeper Milan Borjan embraces Canada's head coach John Herdman, left, after they scored the opening goal during the World Cup group F soccer match between Croatia and Canada, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

              Croatia's soccer team fans celebrate their 4-1 victory over Canada during the World Cup group F soccer at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
            
              Croatia midfielder Lovro Majer (7) scores past Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan (18) during the second half of the group F World Cup soccer match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Canada's goalkeeper Milan Borjan, left, and Canada's Alphonso Davies react disappointed after the World Cup group F soccer match between Belgium and Canada, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A disciplinary case was opened against Croatia at the World Cup on Tuesday after the team’s fans taunted a Canada player with Serbian family ties.

FIFA said the charge against the Croatian soccer federation was “due to the behavior of its fans” and cited rules relating to discrimination and security at games.

Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan was born in an ethnic Serbian region of Croatia that was part of the conflict which split the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Borjan’s family left their hometown in 1995 when it was taken by Croatian forces amid stories that ethnic Serbs fled on tractors.

During Canada’s 4-1 loss on Sunday, one banner displayed by Croatia fans used a flag of tractor manufacturer John Deere and changed the marketing slogan to target Borjan.

Borjan moved as a child with his family to Canada and chose to represent that country, though he plays for Serbian club Red Star Belgrade.

FIFA gave no timetable for a verdict in the case, which would typically be settled with a fine for the federation.

Croatian soccer federation spokesman Tomislav Pacak wouldn’t comment on the specific case but said the organization “always condemns any sort of racism, any form of discrimination and we call on the fans and every individual not to behave in that manner.”

In the first disciplinary verdict of the World Cup on Tuesday, FIFA imposed a 10,000 Swiss franc ($10,500) fine on the German soccer federation for not bringing players to the mandatory news conference one day before a game.

Germany coach Hansi Flick appeared alone Saturday in breach of tournament rules ahead of the match against Spain.

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