Croatia - Croatia PM condemns racist fans

20 June 2012 08:47

Croatia's Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has condemned racist behaviour by some of the country's fans, saying such moves "harm" the Balkan state's tourism-oriented reputation.

"Public safety and the reputation of the state, especially a tourist one, is something that has a real and symbolic value. Those who prostitute that harm Croatia," Milanovic said.

He also warned that Croatia could not use as an "alibi" a fact that only a "handful of supporters" were involved in such behaviour.

"Those who do that are not only chauvinists and members of the extreme right but also the ones who want to damage Croatia and the state itself," he said, insisting that the country should be a "normal, nice and open" one.

Source: AFP