Politics spill over to football in Croatia, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -The strained political relations between bitter Balkan rivals Serbia and Croatia have spilled over into the realm of football.
A proposal by Croatia coach Igor Stimac that acquitted generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac take the honorary kickoff at the start of a World Cup qualifier between the two nations on March 22 in Zagreb was greeted with fury by Serbian football officials.
Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, a Serb born in Croatia, says his team will boycott the match if the two are allowed on the field.
On Friday, the two generals were acquitted by the U.N. tribunal for the former Yugoslavia of charges of being responsible for war crimes against minority Serbs during a 1995 Croatian military blitz that resulted in hundreds of dead and hundreds of thousands expelled.