Croatia swastika: Hosts apologise for Nazi pitch symbol
The Croatian Football Federation has apologised after a swastika symbol was marked on to the pitch ahead of their Euro 2016 home qualifier against Italy.
"This is sabotage and a felony," said Tomislav Pacak, a Croatian Football Federation (HNS) spokesman. "We expect police to identify the perpetrators.
"This is a disgrace not just for the HNS but for the whole of Croatia."
The game was played behind closed doors after Croatia were punished for racist chants by fans against Norway in March.
Pacak added that Uefa had been told about the incident, which overshadowed the 1-1 draw between the two sides who are vying for top spot in Group H.
今回取り上げるのは“swastika”です。記事の内容から、その意味はお分かりでしょうが、念のため辞書『G3』で確認すると「まんじ；かぎ十字《旧ナチスドイツの紋章》」とあります。また、同記事内では“The swastika - widely recognised as the symbol of Nazi Germany”と定義されています。余談ですが、卍は元来、ヒンディー教、仏教において吉兆を表すありがたい印だそうです。ナチスドイツの活動していたほんの十数年の間に、すっかりネガティブなものなってしまったのは、少し寂しいですね。