Aleksander Čeferin (foto: Getty Images)
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has indicated that Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb is unlikely to face severe sanctions following a recent incident in which a Greek fan was killed.
The tragedy occurred ahead of a Champions League qualification match against AEK Athens.
In an exclusive interview with Slovenian media, Čeferin stated that the club was not aware that the group of fans, described by him as "criminals and idiots," had traveled to Athens. "These are individuals who organized themselves, went to Athens two days before the match, and then committed this heinous act," said Čeferin.
The UEFA chief emphasized that the majority of the club's supporters should not be punished for the actions of a few. "Would it really be fair to penalize the club and 99.9% of innocent fans for the actions of a handful of individuals who are now behind bars?" questioned Čeferin.
The violent incident involved Dinamo's hooligan group "Bed Blu Bojs," resulting in the death of a Greek fan. Subsequently, over 100 Croatian hooligans were arrested and are currently held in various Croatian prisons. Investigations and legal proceedings against the individuals are ongoing.
Čeferin's comments suggest that while the individuals involved may face legal consequences, Dinamo Zagreb as a club is likely to escape severe UEFA sanctions. The final penalties for the individuals and the club are yet to be determined.