Croatia fans burn EU flag before Euro 2012 match

Posted on June 14, 2012

POZNAN, Poland (AP) — Croatian soccer fans have burned a European Union flag and paraded around with posters of convicted war criminal Ante Gotovina. The display of nationalism came hours before their team plays Italy on Thursday at the European Championship. Several thousand Croatian supporters crowded into an area around in Poznan’s main old town square, drinking and singing before the Group C game in the evening. Some men were bare chested, displaying tattoos of nationalist symbols. Some set off flares. Police monitored the situation, but did not intervene. In 2011, a Hague tribunal sentenced Gotovina to 24 years in prison for his role in a 1995 military offensive intended to drive Serb rebels out of land they had occupied for years along Croatia’s southern border with Bosnia.