UEFA opens disciplinary case against Croatia over pitch invader

Stewards tray to restrain a Croatian fan who entered the field to celebrate as Croatia's Luka Modric scored his side's first goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Turkey and Croatia at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP)

UEFA has opened a disciplinary case against the Croatian soccer federation after a fan ran on the field to join players celebrating a goal against Turkey.

The body said Croatia is charged with "field invasions by supporters." Its disciplinary panel will judge the case on July 21.

Croatia and Turkey have also been charged with fans lighting fireworks, and Turkey for a firework being thrown.

National soccer federations are held responsible by UEFA for their fans' behavior in and around stadiums.

After Luka Modric's 41st-minute goal in a 1-0 win at Parc des Princes on Sunday, a man came to the edge of the field from the main stand.

Wearing a red-and-white checkerboard Croatia shirt, he huddled with blue-shirted players by the corner flag before being led away by stadium security staff.

The incident happened in the first Euro 2016 game after Russian fans charged at England supporters at Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday evening.

UEFA is set to announce punishments for Russia's soccer federation on Tuesday.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47