Croatia's Josip Simunic given 10-game ban for 'pro-Nazi' chant

By Evan Hilbert |

Croatia's Josip Simunic has been suspended 10 games by FIFA.
Croatia's Josip Simunic has been suspended 10 games by FIFA. (Getty Images)

FIFA announced Monday that Croatian defender Josip Simunic has been given a 10-game ban for leading a pro-Nazi chant after his country locked up a berth in next summer's World Cup.

Following Croatia's defeat of Iceland in a World Cup qualifying playoff, Simunic grabbed the mic and shouted "For the homeland," to which the crowd responded, "Ready!"

According to the AP, the chant was used by a pro-Nazi puppet regime during World War II.

Simunic claimed the chant was out of love of his country. FIFA, however, saw it as "discriminatory and [it] offended the dignity of a group of persons concerning...race, religion or origin."

Shortly after the incident, Simunic was reportedly fined $4,400 by prosecutors for inciting racial unrest.

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