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.