LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Croatia defender Josip Simunic has challenged his World Cup ban at sport's highest court, and wants the FIFA sanction for leading fans in a pro-Nazi chant to be frozen during his appeal.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will propose a fast-track case which "can be solved in advance of the FIFA World Cup." Croatia plays the opening match June 12 against host Brazil. FIFA ordered a 10-match ban for Simunic's actions following a World Cup playoff victory against Iceland in Zagreb last November.
The 36-year-old player was likely to be selected for his third World Cup. CAS says Simunic appealed Wednesday to have the ban overturned or deferred for a one-year probationary period. FIFA must agree to a fast-track timetable for the case to be judged by June.