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Simunic’s lawyer, Davor Prtenjaca, slammed the ruling.
“This was not the victory of justice, but the power of a big football association. FIFA had its ban based on political, not legal aspects,” Prtenjaca said.
After the match, Simunic took a microphone on the field and shouted to supporters: “To the battle, to the battle for the homeland!” The fans responded: “We are ready!”
The slogan was used by Croatia’s Ustasha regime, which sent tens of thousands Jews, Serbs, Gypsies and anti-Fascist Croats to death camps.
Simunic, who plays for Dinamo Zagreb, apologized after previously defending his action. After the initial reaction, he said: “Some people have to learn some history. I’m not afraid. I did nothing wrong.”
The 36-year-old Australian-born Simunic, who has played 105 times for Croatia, was a probable selection for his third World Cup. At the 2006 tournament, he was sent off against Australia after being shown three yellow cards by the referee.
His current ban is likely to mean the end of his international playing career.
Croatian Football Association President Davor Suker said he was sorry for Simunic.
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