Croatia in race row

Fifa has opened an investigation into allegations that Croatia fans racially abused England striker Emile Heskey during last week's World Cup qualifier.

Fifa has opened an investigation into allegations that Croatia fans racially abused England striker Emile Heskey during last week's World Cup qualifier.

Worlds football's governing body said it began disciplinary proceedings after receiving an official complaint from the Football Association on Tuesday.

Monkey chants were heard from a section of the Maksimir Stadium when Heskey was booked for fouling Niko Kovac.

Heskey said he tried to ignore the "ignorant people".

"You have to let the people above deal with that and I will carry on playing my game," added the Wigan striker.

After consulting Heskey about the chants after the match, an FA spokesman said: "We can confirm that we will be making a report to Fifa about the racist chanting aimed at Emile Heskey by some Croatia fans during the World Cup qualifying game in Zagreb.

"The FA and the England team are determined to do all they can to eradicate any form of racism from football and society.

Croatia were given a small fine during Euro 2008 for racist abuse from their fans in their game against Turkey.

Heskey has been racially abused while on England duty before, in Slovakia in 2002. - BBC

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