2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

FIFA to investigate allegations


FIFA will be opening an investigation into alleged racist chanting in Zagreb during England's 4-1 win over Croatia on 10 September in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

World football's governing body released a statement, confirming it had received a formal complaint from the Football Association.

"FIFA can confirm that it has received an official request from The English FA yesterday evening to investigate allegations of racist chanting at the Croatia-England qualification match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup played in Zagreb on 10 September 2008," the statement read. "FIFA has opened a disciplinary procedure to look into this matter."

The alleged chanting at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb was said to have been directed at Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey, and reached a peak after Heskey was booked for a foul on Niko Kovac in the 61st minute.

England lead their UEFA qualifying Group 6, where they are tied with Ukraine. Croatia, who now await the findings of a full FIFA investigation, have three points from their two games so far.

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