Croatias Josip Simunic banned from World Cup for pro-Nazi chants

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Publish Date : 2021-04-07 14:02:26


Croatias Josip Simunic banned from World Cup for pro-Nazi chants

Croatia international Josip Simunic will miss the World Cup after being banned for 10 matches by FIFA for his 'pro-Nazi' chants as he celebrated his country's qualification to the finals in Brazil next year.

FIFA's disciplinary committee said Monday that Simunic's chants following Croatia's 2-0 win over Iceland in a playoff match last month -- were 'discriminatory and offended the dignity of a group of persons concerning ... race, religion or origin.'

The 35-year-old Simunic had grabbed a microphone at the end of the match in Zagreb on November 19 and shouted loudly 'za dom' -- translated from Croatian as 'for the homeland' -- with the crowd replying 'spremni', meaning 'ready', four times in response.



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Read: FIFA charge Simunic over 'pro-Nazi chants

'The committee took note that the player, together with the crowd, shouted a Croatian salute that was used during World War II by the fascist 'Ustase' movement,' read a statement on the official FIFA website.

'Given the gravity of the incident, the committee decided to suspend the player for ten official matches,' the statement went on, adding the stipulation that the ban would take effect only from the start of the World Cup next June.

Simunic has also been banned from the stadiums where the matches are being played and has been fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,530).

Simunic, who was born in Australia, has always denied his chants had fascist connotations.

'I was born and raised in countries with western democratic systems and any form of intolerance or bigotry is strange to me and not a part of my personal system of values,' he told the official website of the Croatian football federation.

'Additionally, I have devoted my entire life to doing anything I could to help my country, Croatia, and I am immensely proud of that.'

Read: Croatia face fresh Euro 2012 racism probe

Dinamo Zagreb defender Simunic spent the bulk of his career in the German Bundesliga and made his international debut for Croatia in 2001.

Croatia has fallen foul of both European governing body UEFA and FIFA for the actions of its supporters in the past.

UEFA sanctioned its federation on three occasions during Euro 2012 involving crowd disorder and racist behavior by its fans as they exited at the group stages.

World governing body FIFA has also toughened its stance on racism with its president Sepp Blatter setting up a special task force earlier this year after several high-profile incidents.

Simunic has also been banned from the stadiums where the matches are being played and has been fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,530). Croatia international Josip Simunic will miss the World Cup after being banned for 10 matches by FIFA for his 'pro-Nazi' chants as he celebrated his country's qualification to the finals in Brazil next year. Dinamo Zagreb defender Simunic spent the bulk of his career in the German Bundesliga and made his international debut for Croatia in 2001. The 35-year-old Simunic had grabbed a microphone at the end of the match in Zagreb on November 19 and shouted loudly 'za dom' -- translated from Croatian as 'for the homeland' -- with the crowd replying 'spremni', meaning 'ready', four times in response. 'Given the gravity of the incident, the committee decided to suspend the player for ten official matches,' the statement went on, adding the stipulation that the ban would take effect only from the start of the World Cup next June. UEFA sanctioned its federation on three occasions during Euro 2012 involving crowd disorder and racist behavior by its fans as they exited at the group stages. 'The committee took note that the player, together with the crowd, shouted a Croatian salute that was used during World War II by the fascist 'Ustase' movement,' read a statement on the official FIFA website. Simunic has also been banned from the stadiums where the matches are being played and has been fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,530). Croatia international Josip Simunic will miss the World Cup after being banned for 10 matches by FIFA for his 'pro-Nazi' chants as he celebrated his country's qualification to the finals in Brazil next year. UEFA sanctioned its federation on three occasions during Euro 2012 involving crowd disorder and racist behavior by its fans as they exited at the group stages. 'Additionally, I have devoted my entire life to doing anything I could to help my country, Croatia, and I am immensely proud of that.' 'The committee took note that the player, together with the crowd, shouted a Croatian salute that was used during World War II by the fascist 'Ustase' movement,' read a statement on the official FIFA website. Dinamo Zagreb defender Simunic spent the bulk of his career in the German Bundesliga and made his international debut for Croatia in 2001. World governing body FIFA has also toughened its stance on racism with its president Sepp Blatter setting up a special task force earlier this year after several high-profile incidents. The 35-year-old Simunic had grabbed a microphone at the end of the match in Zagreb on November 19 and shouted loudly 'za dom' -- translated from Croatian as 'for the homeland' -- with the crowd replying 'spremni', meaning 'ready', four times in response.

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