Bilic: Some fans ‘on a mission’ to cause trouble

Date published: Friday 17th June 2016 10:41

Former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has warned there will be more crowd trouble after condemning the violent scenes which marred his country’s draw with the Czech Republic.

The West Ham boss believes some of the country’s fans have only travelled to Euro 2016 to cause trouble.

Croatia are facing the prospect of UEFA sanctions are several flares were thrown on to the pitch and fighting broke out in the stands late on in their 2-2 Group D draw with the Czech Republic on Friday.

One emergency worker was nearly hit by a firecracker which also just missed Croatia goalscorer Ivan Perisic.

Bilic helped Croatia to third place in the 1998 World Cup in France and was boss between 2006 and 2012 and told ITV he expects to see more problems.

“It’s unbelievable what those people are doing. The majority of the fans are telling them to not do it. Some of them are there on a mission. It’s probably not the last time they’ll do it,” he said.

“Back home it’s not the greatest league, but it’s competitive. When there’s a big derby between (Dinamo) Zagreb and (Hajduk) Split people are not taking their kids because they know it’ll be dangerous.”

Bilic also briefly outlined the issue fans have against the Croatian Football Association.

He said: “Croatia rarely play in Split, in my hometown, and they think it’s all about Zagreb. It’s between the north and the south, Zagreb and Split – the two biggest clubs. Now Zagreb is becoming the biggest club in the Balkan area while Split has no money, no everything. That’s the issue without going into the details.”

Croatia blew a 2-0 lead in the last 15 minutes as they were denied the chance to qualify for the second round.

Perisic and Ivan Rakitic put them in control only for Milan Skoda and Tomas Necid’s injury-time penalty, after Domagoj Vida’s handball, to rescue the Czech Republic.

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