Mid-Day Ticker: Euro unrest continues, Bendtner faces punishment and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Euro unrest continues, Bendtner faces punishment and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Euro unrest continues, Bendtner faces punishment and more

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Croatia (Reuters)

By THOMAS FLOYD

Euro 2012 throughout its opening week has served as a highly visible platform for social unrest. On Thursday, Croatia's supporters got in on the civil disobedience.

Croatians burned a European Union flag and paraded with posters of Ante Gotovina, a convicted war criminal, in Poznan, Poland, before their nation's Group C match against Italy. They also displayed banners with designs evoking the fascist Ustasa movement, which nominally ruled Croatia as a Nazi protectorate from 1941 to 1944.

At one point, the Croatian fans taunted a small group of Italian supporters. Police monitored the situation but did not act.

Here are some more stories to keep your Thursday rolling:

BENDTNER FACES PUNISHMENT FOR CELEBRATION

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner faces punishment from UEFA after raising his shirt and slightly dropping his shorts to reveal a gambling logo while celebrating his second goal in a 3-2 loss to Portugal on Wednesday.

UEFA regulations ban so-called ambush marketing, saying no advertising should appear on players' uniforms or cleats during Euro 2012.

EX-MANAGER LEADS BID TO BUY RANGERS

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith is leading a bid to buy the financially troubled club, collaborating with a pair of Scottish businessmen for an offer believed to be worth about $9 million.

Smith has formally asked English businessman Charles Green, whose consortium was set to buy the club for a slightly smaller price, to step aside.

LAVEZZI SET FOR PSG MOVE

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo hinted his club is set to sign Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi in a transfer reported to be worth more than $30 million.

"We have not yet completed the deal," Leonardo said. "Will [Lavezzi] be unveiled to the media next week? We shall see."

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What do you think of the Croatian fans' actions in Poland? Should Bendtner face discipline for his goal celebration? Is Smith the right man to buy Rangers?

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