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FIFA set to punish Simunic for pro-Nazi chant

22 November 2013, 15:26

Zurich - Croatia defender Joe Simunic is set to be punished by FIFA for leading a pro-Nazi chant with fans after his team qualified this week for the World Cup.

FIFA says in a statement on Friday that "disciplinary proceedings have been opened concerning the case" involving Simunic.

Croatia's public prosecutors have already fined Simunic the equivalent of 3,200 euros ($4,300) for "spreading racial hatred" after he took up a microphone following Tuesday's playoff match against Iceland and shouted to supporters: "For the homeland!" The fans responded: "Ready!"

The call was used by the Croatian pro-Nazi puppet regime that ruled the state during World War II.

Simunic has defended his action, saying he was driven by love for his country.

- AP


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