Simunic to miss World Cup after 10-match ban

Croatia defender Josip Simunic will miss the FIFA World Cup finals after being given a 10-match ban by FIFA for "discriminatory behaviour."

The 35-year-old's international career could be over, with football's governing body having punished him for controversial chants he made after Croatia qualified for next year's finals with a play-off victory over Iceland in November.

Using a microphone to address fans in Zagreb, Simunic shouted: "For the homeland". In response to Simunic's call, the fans replied: "Ready!"

The call was used by the Croatian pro-Nazi puppet regime, the Ustashas, who ruled the state when thousands of people were killed in concentration camps during World War II.


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