Croatia hires player banned over pro-Nazi chant as assistant

Croatia has hired former defender Josip Simunic, who was banned for 10 games for leading fans in a pro-Nazi chant, to assist new national team coach Ante Cacic. Simunic missed the 2014 World Cup over the incident in the qualifying playoff against Iceland in 2013. It highlighted Croatian football’s ongoing struggle with discrimination. Croatia has been deducted one point in its European Championship qualifying group after a swastika was painted on the field before June’s match against Italy. Croatia must play its next two home qualifiers in an empty stadium.



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