Simunic to miss World Cup

December 17, 2013 Agencies
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Croatian international Australian-born Josip Simunic has been suspended for ten official matches by FIFA, banned from entering the confines of the stadiums for those ten matches and fined CHF 30,000.

Joe Suminic

Joe Suminic

The Croatian Football Federation and Josip Simunic have been notified of the sanctions imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee against the player at its meeting held on 12 December 2013.

Following the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ European play-off match between Croatia and Iceland played in Zagreb, Croatia on 19 November 2013, FIFA was made aware that the player, after the final whistle, displayed discriminatory behaviour in interaction with the Croatian supporters.

Following the opening of disciplinary proceedings on 22 November 2013, the Disciplinary Committee analysed all documentation at its disposal.

The committee took note that the player, together with the crowd, shouted a Croatian salute that was used during World War II by the fascist “Ustaše” movement. 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.

After taking into account all of the circumstances of the case, and particularly given the gravity of the incident, the committee decided to suspend the player for ten official matches.

The first matches of the ten-match suspension have to be served during the final competition of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

Depending on the stage at which the final match of the representative team of Croatia takes place in the scope of the final competition of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, the remaining matches of the ten-match suspension will be carried over to the representative team’s subsequent official matches.

Moreover, the committee decided that the player will be banned from entering the confines of the stadiums with regard to the ten matches for which he is suspended.

Finally, the committee decided to impose a fine of CHF 30,000 on the player.

FIFA is committed to fighting all forms of discrimination in football and works closely with its member associations around the world to educate and inspire a message of equality and respect. The creation of the FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination by FIFA President Blatter in early March 2013 was a key step in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

The resolution on the fight against racism and discrimination, which was approved at the FIFA Congress in May 2013, advocates the need for strict punishments to send out a strong message that discrimination has no place in the game.

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16 Responses to “Simunic to miss World Cup”
  1. Maemo says:

    Please answer adam’s questions

  2. Otto Waldmann says:

    “Steven” and “Adam”

    you are peddling here the most basic irrational attempt at detracting the core issues through the well known neo-ustasa propaganda rhetoric.
    For the final time:

    Not all Croats are of fascist inclination. Tito was a Croat and also Slovenian and we all know how he maneged to get the Poglavnik, not to mention the massive successes against the Croat fascists during the War.

    It is evident that, any public manifestation post the Ustasha era which retains ANY symbolic gestures and rhetoric associated with the Ustasa, is meant to promote the Ustasha spirit.
    A ZDS greeeting in 1915 would have had no fascist connotation. The same after at least 1940 is TOTALLY Ustasa. It is all based on the logical priciple of “post hoc, ergo propter hoc.” Ask your priest what it means.

    Therefore, I am sure that your Crusader mates are proud of your dedication and maybe you deserve a front page elogy in the next issues of the “Hrvatski Domobran” , but here you are just a bunch of very NON-convincing NDH redundant campaigners.

    You have wasted your time. I am utterly unimpressed with your “argumentation” because it reeks only of obtuse nationalism of the worst kind.

    • Adam says:

      Instead of just answering the questions you had to side track a waffle more irrelevant information that you spent a few more hours researching.

      So you believe your mate tito would say he was a Croat ? I dont think so, otherwise he would of had to ship himself off to that little island paradise he created by the name of Goli Otok.

      Answer questions, 1 to 6.

      • Otto Waldmann says:

        Local ustasa must be desperate in thir anxiety to be vile, aggressive and incredibly un-witty.
        You must be kidding expecting me to entertain any further your nonsense. My standards are much higher.

        • steven says:

          Your standards are much higher ??
          Yes your right my family and friends did not fight alongside tito named 14th in world as a murderer so yes I do agree with you their Otto, who can compete with such statistics!!
          One more thing these other comments from other readers of jwire looks like they have the same perception as I do u, enjoy Otto I’m looking forward to your next comment

  3. Adam says:

    Otto,

    Firstly thank you for sharing a bit about your own past and your outstanding education achievements to date with us. Since you portrays yourself as a well educated person, can you answer a few questions:-

    1. Is every Croatian throughout the world an Ustasa ?
    2. Is every Croatian who says “Za Dom Spremni” an Ustasa ?
    3. Is Joe Simunic an Ustasa ?
    4. Can you confirm the origins of “Za Dom Spremni” and how long it has been part of Croatian culture and history ?
    5. Can you confirm how long and for what period “Za Dom Spremni” was used by the Ustasa ?
    6. In your absolute honest and well educated opinion, was Joe Simunic’s chanting an intention to provoke any sort of violence or misconduct towards Jews, Serbs or any nationality for that matter ?

  4. Steven says:

    As long as deep in his heart,
    The soul of a Jew earns,
    And forward to the East,
    To Zion, his eye looks,
    Our hope will not be lost,
    The hope of two thousand years,
    To be a free nation in our land,
    The Land of Zion and Jerusalem.

    Hajd’ u boj, u boj!
    Za dom, za dom sad u boj!
    Ma paklena mnoš
    na nj diže svoj nož;
    Hajd’ u boj!
    Nas mal, al’ hrabar je broj!
    Tko, tko će ga strt’?
    Smrt vragu, smrt!

    Za dom, u boj, za dom u boj

    Za domovinu mrijeti kolika slast!

    Prot dušmaninu! Mora on mora past’!

    Into the fight, to the fight!
    For the home, for the home now to the fight!
    Even if the infernal might
    Raises its knife at it;
    To the fight!
    We are few, but courageous!
    Who, who will bring him down?
    Death to the devil, death!

    For the home, to the fight, For the home, to the fight

    To die for your homeland – such a delight!

    Against the enemy! They must fall

  5. Steven says:

    U boj, u boj” (Croatian: “To the battle, to the battle”) is a Croatian patriotic song. It was written and composed by Ivan Zajc in 1866, who later incorporated it as an aria into his opera Nikola Šubić Zrinski (1876) where it is sung by a male choir. The words ZA DOM are also sung!

    The choir version of the song, composed by Franjo Marković, enjoys a wide popularity in Japan, where for a long time it was thought to be a Czech folk song. After the end of World War I, an American ship Hefron, evacuating Czech and Slovak soldiers from Siberia, perhaps with a few Croats on board, was damaged by a storm and was forced to settle in the Kobe harbour for 2 months for repair. During that period, the soldiers transmitted the tune to the members of the oldest and the most renowned Japanese male choir of the Kwansei Gakuin University, established in 1899. Their repertoire hosts the song (which is learned not in Japanese, but in genuine Croatian) to this day, ending with it each of their public performances

  6. Steven says:

    In 2011, a court in Knin dismissed the case against a craftsman who sold souvenirs which contained the salute Za dom spremni. The court ruled that accused didn’t wear clothing or souvenirs with slogan that encourage national, racial or religious hatred, but instead he was selling them. While the former is punishable by law, the latter is not. The court ruling cited that “Za dom spremni is an old Croatian salute known throughout history” as a part of defense statement!

  7. Otto Waldmann says:

    A fair minded decision. It should be noted that certain “traditional” Ustasa inspired symbolic behaviour is well ingrained in the contemporary Croatian generation, some even present in Australia.
    Frequent clashes with Serbian Austrlians testify to that.
    I remember a few yars ago the telecast of a basktball international meet when the Craotian coach encouraged the spirit of his players by crying in unison the same “Za dom !!” before the players took the field. It is a very common occurance and one can be sure that all those chanting it know too bloody well what the origin and meaning of it is.

    • steven says:

      Otto
      Za Dom i poglavnika was used by a minority of croatians during WWII.
      Za Dom the words Joe Simunic spoke out is completely different these words refer to croatian history some 500-600 years ago.
      You have to understand Otto propaganda is powerful especially communist propaganda that exisits still in croatia and stronger than ever.
      Croatia never in history did not invade any country did not conquer any race or religion, croatians have only in history and the war in the 90′s defended their homeland their borders same as the Israel army.
      Even the lovely Madam Reisman when she arrived in Croatia even Madam Reisman quoted that the Croatian Community are a loving, warm and most of all a generous nation but are still being dictated by the communist (udba) regime.
      I hope you learnt something Otto we are not bad people we are portrayed as bad people by communist propaganda!!!
      God Bless
      Have a Happy and Merry Christmas my friend

      • Otto Waldmann says:

        Steven

        you are absolutely right. Consequently, Ustasa was a mere boys scouts movement, mainly “concentrating” on organising classical music concerts.
        The Jasenovic “concentration” camp was kinda Woodstock rock festival, hundreds of thousands of Orthodpx Srbs were NOT murdered, Croatian Jews were not butchered under the Ustasa regime , Ante Pavelic was a ballet/coreographer and concert pianist celebrity who went to Argentina after the war on a concert tour and fell off the stage in an accident while playing a “Zdravomai Tito !!” number.

        • Steven says:

          Otto
          I find your comment very humiliating, offensive and mocking towards the Jewish and Croatian community. How dare you use Joe Simunic’s words (the homeland) to mock and depict anti Semetic ideology, meaning? How dare you mock Jasenovac as a woodstock rock festival where innocent people died? How dare use the words Za Dom to tarnish the Croatian people the Croatian community from around the world? His words has nothing to do with the Jewish or Serbian community, are you for real or are you just some brainwashed little communist puppet that use anti Semetic comments to back your point of view?
          Honestly you are a perfect definition of FIFA’s racism law to me you are a Fascist and a anti Semite how dare you use Jews as a excuse may the dead rest in peace not listen to your crap

          Za Dom Australia (The Homeland Australia)!!!!!

          • Otto Waldmann says:

            Steven, Stepan or whatever crowining legitimate Ustasa voice you may be

            Not only you picked on the wrong guy, but your hysterical and nonsensical diatribe represents with incredible veracity the aggressive, farcical and disgustingly demagocical fascist-style well known Ustasa were famous for.
            In your erratic tripe you demonstrated:
            - your mere comprehention of an English text, the one I posted , is as deficient as your rationale.
            - there is NO spiritual association at all between the Jewish community and the fascist elements in the Croatian comunity you represent so bluntly
            - my knowledge of the Yougoslav WWII is extremly vast. My connections to the Serbo-Croat region is very close. My own Mother was born in the Banat, her Brother faught alongside Tito, I studied Balkan history from the age of SEVEN and went to University doing history in Bucharest. I hold an MA in History from UNSW and know what the hell I am talking about. I visited Yougoslavia at least o dozen times from 1955 onwards. I know Croatian history and its fascist, antisemitic past better than YOU !!
            I know much better than mixing up notions and events.
            You are turning my ridicule of your assertions into a laughable, primitive outburst based on peddling lies on a site where your style and content can only be treated with the contempt it desreves.
            FIFA’s decision is based on solid knowledge of known manifestations of racism in a region with one of the lowest historical reputations of this unwanted manifestations.
            Want to peddle your cripto-fascist stuff, find yourseld your own “dom”. Here, most definitely, it is NOT !!!

          • Adam says:

            Otto,

            Firstly thank you for sharing a bit about your own past and your outstanding education achievements to date with us. Since you portrays yourself as a well educated person, can you answer a few questions:-

            1. Is every Croatian throughout the world an Ustasa ?
            2. Is every Croatian who says “Za Dom Spremni” an Ustasa ?
            3. Is Joe Simunic an Ustasa ?
            4. Can you confirm the origins of “Za Dom Spremni” and how long it has been part of Croatian culture and history ?
            5. Can you confirm how long and for what period “Za Dom Spremni” was used by the Ustasa ?
            6. In your absolute honest and well educated opinion, was Joe Simunic’s chanting an intention to provoke any sort of violence or misconduct towards Jews, Serbs or any nationality for that matter ?