Anti-hooligan law reviewed

ZAGREB - Croat Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor has condemned anti-Serb slogans chanted by football fans yesterday during a match between the two countries' Under-21 teams and said that an anti-hooligan law might be toughened.

ZAGREB - Croat Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor has condemned anti-Serb slogans chanted by football fans yesterday during a match between the two countries' Under-21 teams and said that an anti-hooligan law might be toughened.

"The government condemns such savage behaviour. The message is that we will not tolerate it anymore," Kosor said, quoted by the state-run HINA news agency. "Until the matches and TV broadcasts will be interrupted the savages will not understand this message," she said.

Kosor said that the current anti-hooligan law was "apparently insufficient". During Tuesday's match between the two countries' U-21 teams, played in the northern town of Varazdin, a group of Croatian fans chanted offensive anti-Serb slogans and songs, local media reported.

Earlier yesterday, Varazdin mayor Ivan Cehok strongly condemned such behaviour and apologised to Serbia's team. Relations between Croatia and Serbia have gradually improved since the 1991-1995 war.

During the war the Belgrade regime politically and military backed Croatia's Serbs who opposed the country's independence from the former Yugoslavia.

Earlier this year Croatia amended the law on violence prevention at sports events to fight against hooligans who had been provoking serious incidents in the country and abroad. - Sapa-AFP

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