FIFA Ban Josip Simunic From World Cup For Being Racist
FIFA have long promised to get tough on racism and for the most part, failed miserably. However, things appear to be changing for the better as Croatian international Josip Simunic has been suspended for ten official matches, banned from entering the confines of the stadiums for those ten matches and fined CHF 30,000.
That happens to include the World Cup finals.
The Croatian FA and Simunic have been notified of the sanctions imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee after the player displayed discriminatory behaviour in interaction with the Croatian supporters.
As the video shows, Simunic got on the microphone and shouted to supporters: “For the homeland!” with fans replying with “Ready!” The chant was used by the Croatian pro-Nazi fascist “Ustaše” movement that ruled the state during the second world war.
As a consequence, the committee agreed that this salute was discriminatory and offended the dignity of a group of persons concerning, inter alia, race, religion or origin, in a clear breach of article 58 par. 1a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
The first matches of the ten-match suspension have to be served during the final competition of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
If Croatia get knocked out of the World Cup early, the remaining matches of the ten-match suspension will be carried over to the team’s subsequent official matches.
Photo: The end of the resistance of a small band of heroic Croat guerillas, with their arms held high above their heads, they are searched by German soldiers, then executed, 1944.
Photo: A Croatian Jew, left, wears the symbol that all Jews in the newly-created Croatian state must display at all times, both on chest and on their back, in Yugoslavia during World War II, June 23, 1941. A Jewish woman, right, wears the badge which is of yellow cloth with the star of David.
Finally, it looks like FIFA are taking racism seriously.