FIFA moves to punish Croatian player for Nazi war call
Joe Simunic shouted slogan used by Ustashas in World War II
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.