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Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland Next Stop for Joe Šimunić

JoeThe lawyer representing Croatian defender Joe Šimunić is still confident the 105-cap veteran will play at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, despite FIFA’s appeal committee dismissing an appeal against a 10-match ban on Wednesday…

Šimunić was suspended by football’s world governing body FIFA for 10 matches, ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (£20,700), and banned from entering the stadium for any of the country’s matches at the World Cup in Brazil for what FIFA declared was ‘discriminatory behaviour’  when he chanted ‘Za Dom’ during  post-match celebrations after Croatia beat Iceland in November during their World Cup play-off match.

Šimunić’s Germany-based lawyer Davor Prtenjača, who initiated an online petition earlier this year which gathered over 285,000 supporters, told daily Jutarnji list that the fight is not over.

“On Wednesday we got FIFA’s decision, even though in it the decision was made on 21 February. The committee did not even meet, but held a telephone conference. I know exactly who from FIFA is behind this but I wont say yet. I am still optimistic that Josip will be able to play at the World Cup because we are taking this to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),” said Prtenjača, adding that FIFA gave no explanation as to why they turned down the appeal.

“We will request from CAS that they temporally suspend FIFA’s ban and let Šimunić play until a final decision is made. There are several cases in which the CAS has already done so, it is in their code. We know of one athlete, which the CAS allowed to perform at the Olympics while their case was being resolved. Therefore, we expect Josip’s case to be the same. We have a deadline of one week to submit our case,” said Prtenjača, who expects a decision to made by CAS shortly after.

FIFA Dismiss Šimunić Appeal

JoeIt looks as if the international career of experienced Croatian defender Joe Šimunić is over after FIFA’s appeal committee dismissed an appeal against a 10-match ban imposed late last year on Wednesday, the Croatian FA says…

Šimunić was suspended by football’s world governing body FIFA for 10 matches late last year and banned from entering the stadium for any of the country’s matches at the World Cup in Brazil. He was also ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (£20,700) for what FIFA declared was ‘discriminatory behaviour’  when he chanted ‘Za Dom Spremni’ during  post-match celebrations after Croatia beat Iceland in November during their World Cup play-off match.

Šimunić had not given up hopes of playing in this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and launched an appeal to have the ban removed. Šimunić engaged Germany-based lawyer Davor Prtenjača, who began an online petition earlier this year which gathered over 285,000 supporters. The failed attempt may now spell the end of the road for the 105-cap veteran.

Šimunić’s Lawyer 100% Convinced He Will Play in Brazil

CroatiaThe lawyer for suspended Croatian defender Joe Šimunić is confident that the Dinamo Zagreb skipper will be on the plane to Brazil as part of Croatia’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup come June…

Germany-based lawyer Davor Prtenjača has filed an appeal against a 10-match ban Šimunić received for chants made to the crowd following Croatia’s World Cup playoff victory over Iceland in November. Prtenjača has gathered more than 240,000 signatures of support for the 105-cap veteran.

“I am 100% convinced that Šimunić will play in Brazil,” Prtenjača told daily Jutarnji list, before adding. “I know that nobody in Croatia believes that, but that doesn’t matter, we will surprise everyone. Joe has not become despondent, he is an athlete, all athletes are fighters and I am sure that his punishment will be abolished.”

The FIFA appeal committee hearing date is still not known.

Over 120,000 Show Support for Joe Šimunić

CWMore than 120,000 people have shown their support for suspended Croatian defender Joe Šimunić by signing an online petition initiated by the 105-cap veteran’s lawyer…

Šimunić’s Germany-based lawyer Davor Prtenjača began an online petition carrying the slogan “With Josip at the World Cup in Brazil 2014!! just over two weeks ago, and at last count the petition had over 126,000 signatures.  Prtenjača, who is appealing FIFA’s 10-match ban on behalf of the experienced defender, wants people to sign up to show their support to add weight to his appeal application as he looks to get the decision overturned by FIFA. A large number of the signatures gathered have come from Croatia’s diaspora.

Joe Šimunić’s Lawyer Pleads for Help

joe simunicThe lawyer of suspended Croatian defender Joe Šimunić is calling on the support of the Croatian community around the world to help overturn FIFA’s punishment by initiating an online petition…

On Thursday Šimunić’s Germany-based lawyer Davor Prtenjača began an online petition carrying the slogan “With Josip at the World Cup in Brazil 2014!!.  Prtenjača, who is appealing FIFA’s 10-match ban on behalf of the experienced defender, wants people to sign up to show their support and after the first day online had already gathered close to 10,000 supporters.

Joe Šimunić to Fight FIFA to the End

joe simunicExperienced Croatian defender Joe Šimunić is not giving up hopes of playing in this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and will fight to the end to have his 10-match ban for ‘discriminatory behaviour’ removed…

“He told me he has launched an appeal and he will go to the end with it,” daily 24sata quoted Šimunić’s current Dinamo Zagreb team-mate Jerko Leko on Friday.

Šimunić, who has just returned from Christmas holidays in his native Australia,was suspended by world governing body FIFA for 10 matches late last year and banned from entering the stadium for any of the country’s matches at the World Cup in Brazil. He was also ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (£20,700) for what FIFA declared was ‘discriminatory behaviour’  during  post-match celebrations after Croatia beat Iceland in November during their World Cup play-off match.

“We will not look to have the penalty reduced, but to be removed all together,” Šimunić’s Germany-based lawyer Davor Prtenjač was quoted as saying. Šimunić joined up with his club side on Thursday as they begin training ahead of the restart of the Croatian first division.

Šimunić Supporters Bombard FIFA

FIFAThousands of Croatian fans have taken their anger out over Josip Šimunić’s 10-match suspension,ban from entering the stadium for any of Croatia’s matches in Brazil, and £20,700 fine, by bombarding FIFA’s official Facebook page...

Šimunić was slapped with the career-ending punishment on Monday for ‘discriminatory behaviour’ after Croatia’s victory against Iceland in Zagreb last month, and fans have shown their support by attacking FIFA’s Facebook page. Underneath most of FIFA’s posts on the page, which has over 500 thousand fans, Croats have left thousands of messages showing their disgust at the decision. Croatia’s coach Niko Kovač has already expressed his shock at FIFA’s decision. Hundreds of thousands have also turned to social media petitions to force FIFA into a U-turn. Šimunić has hired a German-based lawyer to appeal the ban.

‘Draconian’ FIFA Hand Josip Šimunić 10 Match Ban

joe simunicAfter playing 105 times for Croatia, it looks like defender Josip Šimunić has pulled on the red and white checkers of Croatia for the very last time…

Šimunić was given a 10 match ban from football’s governing body FIFA on Monday for a ‘fascist salute’ after Croatia’s World Cup qualifying victory over Iceland in Zagreb last month, meaning the towering Dinamo Zagreb captain will miss next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Šimunić has also been banned from entering the stadium for any of the country’s matches and ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (£20,700).

The ban has been called ‘draconian’ by Croatia Football Federation (HNS) executive chairman Damir Vrbanović, who will appeal the decision, and it has shocked Croatia coach Niko Kovač.

“I am unpleasantly surprised, shocked and disappointed with FIFA’s ban for Šimunić. I feel sorry for Josip who will miss the World Cup, I know him a long time as a person and I am absolutely certain that he did not mean to offend anybody in any way,” Kovač said.

Big Joe Optimistic For Brazil

Croatia104-cap veteran Joe Šimunić is confident that he will be appearing in his 3rd FIFA World Cup finals next summer in Brazil. The tall Australian-born defender speaking ahead of Croatia’s crunch match tomorrow night against Iceland in Zagreb, believes Croatia has the wood over their opponents in all facets…

“We have more quality than Iceland in all facets of play, in defence, in the midfield, and in attack, but what is important is the result. On Tuesday we have to be ready for everything,” said Dinamo Zagreb’s captain, who is also confident that Croatia are slowly turning things around after hitting rock bottom under former coach Igor Štimac.

“It is difficult to change things over night, nevertheless, we are on the right track. There were a lot of good things and we are just missing goals. But, that is football,” Šimunić said, adding that Croatia must play smarter tomorrow night to break down Iceland’s defence.

If Croatia qualify for Brazil it will be Šimunić’s 3rd finals, after 2002 in South Korea and Japan, and Germany in 2006.

INTERVIEW: Joe Šimunić Talks to Croatia Week

joe simunicHe has won over 100 caps for Croatia after making his international debut in 2001, being one of the Croatia’s standout players over the last decade. Big centre back Joe Šimunić talks to Croatia Week about his most memorable matches for Croatia, who the hardest player he has ever marked was, and who are the dressing room characters.

Joe, you have donned the red and white checkers of Croatia 103 times, does any one match stand out? When you go back on all the games, on all the ups and downs, and you draw a line, there are more positive things and games that stand out. I’d have to say my first game was probably the one that meant to me the most, then I would have to say against England at Wembley in 2007 when we won 3:2 and knocked England out of the EUROS, and the game against Germany in 2008 in Klagenfurt.

Who was your favourite player growing up? Diego Maradona and Fernando Redondo

Favourite club as a kid? AC Milan

Hardest player you have ever marked? Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Joe goes head to head with Zlatan in Zagreb

Joe goes head to head with Zlatan in Zagreb

Do you have any pre-match rituals? I had a few when I was younger but don’t have any now

Do you get nervous before a match? I actually have to admit now when we played in Belgrade against Serbia I was for some reason very nervous before the game. When I was younger I used to get more nervous more often but now just every once in a while, which is a good thing.

Favourite ground you have played on? Borussia Dortmund’s Stadium and Berlin – Olympic stadium where I used to play every second weekend

Borussia Dortmund's Stadium

Borussia Dortmund’s Stadium

Favourite Food? I have to answer this politically correct, I’d have to say my Mother’s cooking, and then my future wife’s cooking.

Favourite Drink? Red Wine

You have lived in a few cities, which is your favourite? In Australia I’d have to say Canberra, because I was born and bred there. In Europe I would have to say Berlin and Zagreb.

Zagreb

Zagreb

How do you relax away from football in Zagreb? Go to the movies, cafes for coffee, I try to also when I can go and play golf but that has been rare in the last year and a half.

Favourite beach in Croatia? I have seen a lot of beaches but I need to see a few more. I think anywhere you go on the Croatian coast is breathtaking.

Favourite restaurant in Zagreb? Restaurant Carpaccio

Who are the funniest men in the dressing room? Duje Čop at Dinamo Zagreb, he is a character. For Croatia I’d have to say Mario Manđžukić and Nikica Jelavić

Dressing room pranksters Nikica Jelavic and Mario Mandzukic

Dressing room pranksters Nikica Jelavic and Mario Mandzukic

How do you want the fans to remember you as a player when you retire? I would like most people to see I have always given my best, I respected everyone and believed in what I did.