FILE - This is a Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013 file photo of Croatia's defender Josip Simunic as he listens to the national anthem ahead of the World Cup qualifying playoff second leg soccer match against Iceland, in Zagreb, Croatia. Simunic lost his appeal at sport's highest court on Monday May 12, 2014 against a 10-match ban for leading fans in a pro-Nazi chant after a World Cup playoff win. Announcing the ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it unanimously rejected Simunics arguments and dismissed his appeal. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)
Soccer player out of World Cup for Nazi chant
By IGOR RAJKOVIC
| The Associated Press
First Published May 12 2014 10:11 am • Last Updated May 15 2014 05:08 pm
Zagreb, Croatia • Croatia defender Josip Simunic lost his appeal at sport’s highest court, ruling him out of the World Cup for leading fans in a pro-Nazi chant after a playoff win.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Monday it upheld the 10-match ban, saying it unanimously rejected Simunic’s arguments and appeal against the FIFA sanction.
Simunic’s ban will start when Croatia opens the World Cup against host Brazil in Sao Paulo on June 12.
Simunic’s lawyer, Davor Prtenjaca, says the FIFA ban was "based on political, not legal aspects."
Simunic invoked a World War II-era chant used by Croatia’s then-puppet regime following a playoff victory against Iceland in Zagreb last November that qualified the Croatians for the tournament.
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