Image: Ivan Rakitic
Rakitic and his family were forced to flee their vacation home on a speed boat less than half an hour after a group of hooligans began throwing rocks at the villa they were in.
Reports describe how a group of six men arrived on the island and headed for the villa, where they threw rocks at the house, smashing doors and windows, while encouraging others to join in, RT said.
Image: Ivan Rakitic at the European Championships.
Croatian fans had been warned of serious bans by UEFA, after fights ensued on the stands in the match against Turkey. The game was interrupted by protesting fans who threw flares onto the pitch.
This sad event, it has been said, damaged the once cordial relationship between Croatian fans and national team players.
There was even speculation that the fans might try to sabotage the players’ efforts and get them kicked out of the tournament due to a long-running feud between the fans and the Croatian FA.
Croatia FA chief and Euro 96 Golden Boot winner Davor Suker has become the target of supporter apathy, as fans see him as a figurehead for a so-called mafia run by former Dinamo Zagreb chief, Zdravko Mamic, RT reveals.
After winning their group, thanks to a late win over Spain, Croatia was knocked out by Portugal after extra time when Ricardo Quaresma headed home the goal which served as the last straw to the camel’s back.