World Cup: Croatia defender Josip Simunic fined for chant after Iceland game

Josip Simunic: Croatia defender fined by the country's public prosecutors

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Croatia defender Josip Simunic has been fined by the country's public prosecutors for 'spreading racial hatred'.

The 35-year-old took the microphone in the aftermath of Tuesday's 2-0 World Cup play-off win over Iceland and addressed the crowd with a cry of: "For the people."

That phrase has links with the pro-Nazi regime which ruled Croatia during World War II, and FIFA is awaiting match reports before deciding whether to initiate disciplinary proceedings.

The prosecutor's office has fined Simunic 3,200 euros (£2,670) despite the Dinamo Zagreb player insisting there was no political motivation for his actions.

In a statement released by his club earlier this week, Simunic rejected "any political context of my statement, which was driven solely by my love toward my people and my country, and not by hatred and destruction".

The statement added: "The thought that anyone could associate me with any form of hatred or violence terrifies me.

"I did nothing wrong. I'm supporting my Croatia, my homeland. If someone has something against it, that's their problem."

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