Croa­tia, Kosovo fined by FIFA for anti-Ser­bia chants by fans

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FIFA has fined the Croa­t­ian and Koso­van soc­cer fed­er­a­tions a to­tal of 80,000 Swiss francs by FIFA for anti-Ser­bia chants by fans at a World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match.

Fans of both teams were heard chant­ing “Kill, kill the Serbs” in their own lan­guage dur­ing Croa­tia’s 6-0 win on Oct. 6.

The Croa­tia fed­er­a­tion was or­dered to pay 50,000 Swiss francs and Kosovo was fined 30,000 Swiss francs , FIFA said yes­ter­day. Its dis­ci­plinary panel took other of­fenses into ac­count.

The in­ci­dents marred Kosovo’s first com­pet­i­tive home game since join­ing FIFA in May.

The World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match was played in Shko­dra, Al­ba­nia, be­cause Kosovo — a for­mer province of Ser­bia which de­clared in­de­pen­dence in 2008 — does not yet have an ap­proved sta­dium.

FIFA has al­ready barred Croa­tia fans from its first two home games in qual­i­fy­ing af­ter pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents in­volv­ing fans. The sec­ond of those games is against Ice­land in Za­greb on Nov. 12.

In other cases an­nounced yes­ter­day, FIFA im­posed a se­ries of fines for “in­ci­dents in­volv­ing dis­crim­i­na­tory and un­sport­ing con­duct by fans, in­clud­ing ho­mo­pho­bic chants in some in­stances” at re­cent World Cup qual­i­fy­ing matches.

Iran’s fed­er­a­tion was fined 45,000 Swiss francs “for sev­eral re­li­gious man­i­fes­ta­tions dur­ing a match,” ac­cord­ing to FIFA’s state­ment.

Those charges in­cluded a “re­li­gious cer­e­mony or­ga­nized be­fore the game and at half­time” and “use of a drone dur­ing the cer­e­mony” when Iran hosted South Korea in Tehran on Oct. 11.

FIFA fined the Al­ba­nia fed­er­a­tion 50,000 Swiss francs for a range of in­ci­dents at a home qual­i­fier against Mace­do­nia in Septem­ber that was also played in Shko­dra. Charges were re­lated to fans “turn­ing their back and boo­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them” and a “po­lit­i­cal slo­gan and ban­ner,” FIFA said.

The Ukraine fed­er­a­tion was fined 15,000 Swiss francs for fans dis­play­ing a “dis­crim­i­na­tory flag” when it hosted Kosovo last month in Krakow, Poland.

Brazil was fined 25,000 Swiss francs for anti-gay slurs dur­ing a home match against Bo­livia in Natal on Oct. 6.

Paraguay’s fed­er­a­tion was fined 20,000 Swiss francs, and the Ar­gentina and Chile fed­er­a­tions were each fined 15,000 Swiss francs for sim­i­lar of­fenses. Es­to­nia was fined 20,000 Swiss francs for in­sult­ing chants by fans when host­ing Greece in Tallinn on Oct. 10.

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