Croatia playmaker Ivan Rakitic on Sunday appealed to Europe's ruling body UEFA to not disqualify his team from Euro 2016 after recent fan violence.
"I hope that UEFA understands one thing: We would like to continue to live out our dream. And that is to play on Tuesday against Spain and after that move into the next round," the Barcelona star said.
"We have total faith in UEFA and the police ... We hope that everything that happened on Friday will be properly prosecuted and mainly that something like that never happens again."
UEFA's disciplinary committee is to meet Monday to discuss possible sanctions against the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) after stadium disturbances of its fans at Croatia's 2-2 draw versus Czech Republic on Friday.
The match was interrupted after 87 minutes when flares were fired onto the pitch and Croatian supporters started fighting among themselves.
The HNS on Saturday issued an official apology about the incident.
"Croatian Football Federation would like to apologize to the spectators at Saint-Etienne, to the television audience, and the Czech Republic national football team," HNS said in the statement.
Croatia have four points from two matches in Group D while two-time reigning champions Spain have six. The Czech Republic have just one point and Turkey are bottom in the group with zero points.
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