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Croats plan crackdown on hooligans

Zagreb: The Croatian government moved Wednesday to crack down on hooliganism at sport events. A new law envisages jail, heavy fines and a ban of up to five years from attending events.

The action follows a major outbreak of violence Sunday sparked by Croatia’s defeat against Serbia and Montenegro in the European waterpolo championships final in Slovenia. Croatian fans, smashing up the stadium, clashed with police and two Serb team members were injured. Later, Serbs stormed the Croatian embassy in Belgrade.

Widely circulated daily Jutarnji List reported Wednesday that violent fans could be fined up to 10,000 kuna ($1,550) or jailed for up to 30 days.

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