Fiji Time: 5:09 AM on Friday 12 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Simunic out of World Cup

Afp
Friday, March 21, 2014

GENEVA - Australian-born Croatia defender Josip Simunic will miss the World Cup after FIFA rejected his appeal against a 10-match ban for pro-Nazi chants after a play-off match last November.

Football's world governing body said on Wednesday its appeals committee "has decided to reject the appeal lodged by Croatian international Josip Simunic and to confirm the decision rendered by the FIFA disciplinary committee ... in its entirety."

Simunic was sanctioned for "a display of discriminatory behaviour" after Croatia's World Cup qualifying play-off against Iceland in Zagreb on November 19, which Croatia won 2-0 to secure their place in Brazil.

The 35-year-old shouted "za dom" — Croatian for "for the homeland" — four times.

In response, fans chanted "spremni", meaning "ready".

The chant was used by Croatia's World War II Ustase regime, allied to Nazi Germany, which killed hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, anti-fascist Croatians, Roma and others in concentration camps.

In December, FIFA's disciplinary committee had ruled the salute was "discriminatory" and decided to suspend Simunic for 10 official matches, beginning at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Dinamo Zagreb captain was also banned from even entering the stadium for those 10 matches and fined 25,000 euros ($A38,000).

Croatian prosecutors have also fined Simunic 3,200 euros ($A5,000) for inciting racial hatred, maintaining the player was aware that the chant symbolised the official salute of Croatia's totalitarian wartime regime.

Simunic, who was born to Croatian immigrant parents in the Australian capital Canberra, said at the time he was motivated solely by "love of my people (Croatian) and homeland".

"The thought that anyone could associate me with any form of hatred or violence terrifies me," he said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65910.6401
JPY 54.274451.2744
GBP 0.32490.3169
EUR 0.41900.4070
NZD 0.71410.6811
AUD 0.66860.6436
USD 0.47530.4583

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 11th February 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Dead on the beach
  2. Gone but not forgotten
  3. A-G: Politicians advocated travel ban
  4. Civil servant taken into custody by FICAC
  5. Amendment bid
  6. Rakiraki town flooded, shops closed
  7. Weather watch: Met Office issues heavy rain alert
  8. Former PM's Office PRO found guilty by assessors
  9. $25k poultry project
  10. USP's financial review

Top Stories this Week

  1. Angry 7s fan smashes TV screen Tuesday (09 Feb)
  2. Sevens changes Friday (05 Feb)
  3. Need speed Monday (08 Feb)
  4. 3 MPs are out Wednesday (10 Feb)
  5. NZ 7s final refereeing charade an embarrassment Monday (08 Feb)
  6. Ryan: Sunshine ahead Tuesday (09 Feb)
  7. Dead on the beach Thursday (11 Feb)
  8. Investigation as nurse falls with baby Tuesday (09 Feb)
  9. Legal row Friday (05 Feb)
  10. Sydney 7s thriller Wednesday (10 Feb)