Croatia condemns stoning of Rakitic's holiday home

Croatian tourism minister Anton Kliman on Saturday both condemned and played down the stoning attack on the holiday home of national football star Ivan Rakitic, the daily Jutarnji List reported.

"Croatia is regarded a safe country in all surveys," Kliman told the newspaper's weekend edition. "This an individual act of hooliganism."

"Croatia is a tourist destination and it's shameful that individuals taint its image with such acts," he added, apologising to Rakitic's family.

An unidentified attacker threw a stone at the holiday home on the Adriatic island of Ugljan on Friday, breaking a window. The Rakitic family broke off their holiday the following day.

The country's football association has a long history of trouble with hooligans and was fined after an outbreak of violence among fans at their game against the Czech Republic at Euro 2016.

Croatia exited the tournament early despite high expectations that they could advance to the latter stages, with Rakitic a prominent member of the team.

It was, however, not clear whether the stoning incident was fan-related.

Last update: Sat, 02/07/2016 - 16:32
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