Josip Simunic To Miss World Cup After His Appeal Was Rejected By CAS

Josip Simunic Croatian Defender

Croatian Defender Josip Simunic’s appeal was rejected by CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and now he has to miss the 2014 world cup; Photo By: Bigsoccer

Josip Simunic who plays in the defender position at Croatia will now miss out of the World cup tournament after his appeal against the 10 match ban was lost. The ban was imposed on him by the world football organization, FIFA.

Josip who is 36 years of age had filed an appeal in the sports court of arbitration after he was subject to this lengthy suspension which came with a fine of 20700 Euros.

FIFA resolved to punish the Croatia player after he was caught on video leading the chants that were associated with pronazi Ustase regime.

This is after Croatia qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when they recorded victory against Iceland national team on 19th November in Zagreb.

The Croatia national team is now placed in Group A where they will have to face the five times world cup champions Brazil, Cameroon and Mexico.

However, Josip Simunic who is the captain of Dinamo Zagreb was banned from attending any of the match that his national team will be playing. He is not even supposed to enter the stadium. The ban will continue even when his national team progress past the group knockouts.

The Court of arbitration for sports did not accept the appeal that was filed against FIFA’s decision that was made on February 21st this year.

The official statement from CAS said that the Croatian footballer will also miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals as part of the 10 match bans and must not be seen in any of the stadiums during this ban.

He was also fined a total of 30000 Swiss francs. FIFA welcomed the ruling that was made by CAS saying that they have to stop the racism that is always experienced in football. Article 3 and other regulations in the FIFA statutes states that the world football governing body does not any way support racism and any form of discrimination.

This regulation was resolved during the FIFA congress that took place in May last year. It advocates for severe punishment to racism and discrimination since the two vices have no place in football.

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