Wednesday 28 September 2016

VIDEO: Chaos at Euro 2016 as flare explodes in steward's face after Croatian fans hurl fireworks

Published 17/06/2016 | 19:09

SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE - JUNE 17: Mario Mandzukic of Croatia reacts as flares are thrown onto the picth during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D match between Czech Republic and Croatia at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 17, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE - JUNE 17: Mario Mandzukic of Croatia reacts as flares are thrown onto the picth during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D match between Czech Republic and Croatia at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 17, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

There were crazy scenes in St Etienne this evening after Croatia v Czech Republic's Euro 2016 group game was temporarily stopped after Croatian supporters hurled a number of flares onto the pitch.

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One of the flares appeared to explode in the face of a steward who attempted to remove it from the pitch.

The actions of Croatia's fans had a terrible impact on their team, with Czech Republic - who had been trailing 2-0 - roaring back with two late goals to nick a draw.

After being warned following the first game about using flares, it will be interesting to see what action, if any, UEFA take.

"If fans could bring a few flares into the grounds, you'd wonder what else they could bring in to the grounds," Didi Hamann said on RTE.

"They will have to take a serious look at their security that we thought had been looked at.

"Very worrying and a shame for Croatia."

Before the incident, Croatia had looked irresistible, with goals from Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic putting them two goals in front. Now, they sit atop Group C with four points, although Spain, on three points, play Turkey later tonight.

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