Remember Joe Simunic, and his pro-nazi chanting after Croatian football national team qualified for 2014 World Cup? Even on Total Split and its Facebook page it caused sharp discussion, especially after the same chanting was repeated on Hajduk FC’s match in Split. Well, if anyone has forgotten, FIFA didn’t, and Simunic will for sure remember what he did in the Zagreb stadium.
FIFA announced what was expected, although maybe not so harsh. The sentence is short, but rigorous: Croatian international Josip Simunic is suspended for ten official matches, banned from entering the confines of the stadiums for those ten matches and fined CHF 30,000. Just a reminder: after the match, Simunic took a microphone, and lead more than 20,000 people in chanting “za dom spremni”, meaning “for homeland, prepared”, which was the official salute during WW2 nazi-puppet quisling state in Croatia.
Simunic is banned for 10 official games, starting with those on World Cup in Brazil, which was supposed to be the last major competition for 35-year old player. The second part of competition means he won’t even be allowed to support his teammates. Full FIFA’s verdict is available here
So, what do you think?