EURO 2016

Video: Steward struck by flare as Croatian fans cause trouble

EURO 2016By Sunday World
Flares on the pitch thrown by the Croatian fans
Flares on the pitch thrown by the Croatian fans

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.

UPDATE: 19.52:

UEFA have confirmed they will open disciplinary proceedings over the crowd trouble during the Croatia/Czech Republic clash

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.