Croatian fans form human swastika in Italy17 August 2006

Croatia's victory over World Cup winners Italy has been marred by the racist behaviour of their travelling fans last night.

During the warm up match ahead of the EURO 2008 qualification in Livorno, a group of Croatian fans created a human swastika in the stands while making nazi salutes.

Photographic and video evidence sent to the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network shows a group of more than 60 fans in the Croatian section of the Armano Picci stadium positioning themselves to form a swastika.

The FARE network has sent a report to the FIFA and UEFA disciplinary committees to ask for immediate action.

Kurt Wachter, from Austrian FARE partner, FairPlay-VIDC said:

“The photos and video footage that have been sent to us clearly show the Croatian fans forming a human swastika. These kind of actions are highly organised and illustrate that football must continue to intensify it's work against racism.

“FIFA have recently toughened up their sanction to deal with incidents like this. We hope they are ready to use them.”

Last season Lok Leipzig supporters in Germany shaped their crowd into the form of a human swastika. An identical act has also been observed by the FARE organisation Never Again in a league match in Poland.

Previously, matches of the Serie A club AS Livorno have been the target of far-right away fans, since the fan culture of Livorno is known to be communist and captain Cristiano Lucarelli has become a symbol of the left.

Lucarelli was one of three Livorno players called up by team manager Roberto Donadoni, who coached the Tuscan club for part of last season.