Posted June 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
UEFA President Michel Platini is unhappy that some Croatia fans have tarnished a European Championship he described as ''99 percent great.'' Platini told reporters Monday he is delighted with co-hosts Poland and Ukraine, who ''have already won the Euro'' by defying doubters to organize a successful tournament. However, he added: ''I am not happy with the Croatian people,'' who are implicated in racially abusing an opposing black player and delaying matches in Poland. ''Except for the Croatians, it was clean. I think it is a good victory,'' Platini said a day before the 16-team group stage ends amid widespread praise for the high quality of matches and refereeing. On Tuesday, UEFA will prosecute charges against Croatia's football association after fans made monkey noises at Italy's Mario Balotelli. Croatian fans have also caused delays at both their team's matches by throwing flares onto the pitch, and one fan invaded the pitch at a game against Ireland. In the tournament's high...
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