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Euro 2012: Bilic orders Croatian troublemakers to keep away

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has condemned some of his country's fans after racist behaviour landed the Croatian Football Federation in hot water with Uefa.

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic says he does not want the kind of fans who have caused trouble at recent matches supporting his team. Francisco Leong / AFP
Croatia coach Slaven Bilic says he does not want the kind of fans who have caused trouble at recent matches supporting his team. Francisco Leong / AFP

GDANSK // Slaven Bilic, the Croatia coach, has condemned some of his country's fans after racist behaviour landed the Croatian Football Federation in hot water with Uefa.

Speaking on the eve of Croatia's decisive Euro 2012 Group C match against Spain today, Bilic warned them to stay away from the stadium.

"It's very disappointing to hear that some of our supporters have behaved like this," Bilic told a news conference at the Gdansk Stadium.

"I don't like these people, I don't want these people supporting us. We don't want them in the stadium. We are angry with these stupid fans as well. We need to stop them forever."

Bilic earlier said that his players will need to play "the games of their lives" with top spot in the group up for grabs. A win over Spain will see Croatia qualify for the quarter-finals as group winners, while a draw could be enough depending on whether Italy beat Ireland.

For Spain, the task is straightforward: a draw means qualification and a win ensures first place.

Bilic has acknowledged his players will need to produce something special, but his team showed plenty of fight to hold Italy on Thursday.

"What I can say is that we will need to play the best game of our lives," Bilic said. "We are still in a realistic position to go through and we have a chance."

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