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Croatian soccer boss in mix-up.

The arrest of a Croatian football chief at Gatwick Airport ahead of his country's Euro 2008 clash against England was dismissed as "a misunderstanding".

Zorislav Srebric, aged 67, general secretary of Croatia's FA, was held on suspicion of shoplifting on Tuesday in WHSmith at the West Sussex airport's South Terminal.

He was later released without charge and no further action will be taken, a Sussex Police spokesman said.

In a statement yesterday, the CFF said a misunderstanding arose as Mr Srebic was buying newspapers but then noticed his team enter the airport building.

He hurried to organise them through airport control but police thought he was trying to avoid paying for the papers, the statement said.

The CFF said: "Unfortunately, he was taken to a police station where they determined that it was a misunderstanding but instead of five minutes he should stay for a while because of procedure."

Mr Srebric was arrested in front of stunned players.
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