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FIFA moves to punish Croatian player for Nazi war call

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Croatia defender Joe Simunic for leading an apparent pro-Nazi chant with fans following a World Cup qualifier.

Joe Simunic shouted slogan used by Ustashas in World War II

Croatia defender Josip Simunic (3) is challenged by Alfred Finnbogason in a 2-0 triumph over Iceland in Zagreb on Tuesday. (Darko Bandic/Associated Press)

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Croatia defender Joe Simunic for leading an apparent pro-Nazi chant with fans after his team qualified for the World Cup. 

Croatia's public prosecutors have already fined Simunic $4,300 for "spreading racial hatred" after he took up a microphone following Tuesday's playoff match against Iceland and shouted to supporters: "For the homeland!"

The fans responded: "Ready!" 

The call was used by the Croatian pro-Nazi puppet regime that ruled the state during World War II. 

Simunic has defended his action, saying he was driven by love for his country.

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