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Flares thrown onto pitch stop Czech Republic - Croatia

Around 12 flares were thrown onto the turf at Saint Etienne from the stands stands occupied by the Croatian fans.

Flares thrown onto pitch stop Czech Republic - Croatia
JOE KLAMAR

Flares half Czech Republic - Croatia

Around a dozen flares thrown onto the pitch brought the Czech Republic - Croatia game to a halt, in Group D of Euro 2016. 

Groundsmen collect the flares thrown onto the pitch

The flares were thrown onto the pitch in the 85th minute of the game with the score standing at 1-2 in favour of Croatia. The lit flares were thrown from the section of the ground holding the Croatian supporters.

UEFA investigation 

UEFA will almost certainly open an investigation into the incident, with Croatia facing a possible monetary fine, possible points sanction or even expulsion from the tournament, though this latter would be highly unlikely for this incident alone.

The game was stopped for six minutes while the flares were cleared from the pitch. English referee Mark Clattenburg then re-started the match, with the Czech Republic going on to level the match 2-2.