Zagreb, December 18th, 2013 - At the session held on December 18th, 2013 the COC Assembly adopted the proposal of the COC Ethics Committee (EC) and disciplinary measure was taken against the football team member Josip Simunic for violation of the fundamental principles of Olympism.
Zagreb, December 18th, 2013 - At the session held on December 18th, 2013 the COC Assembly adopted the proposal of the COC Ethics Committee (EC) and disciplinary measure was taken against the football team member Josip Simunic for violation of the fundamental principles of Olympism. Namely, Simunic shouted “For Homeland” and the fans responded with “Ready” after the match Croatia - Island, what represented the celebration of anti-constitutional values and invocation Ustashas’ symbols, violating thus the dignity of the individual, acting contrary to the spirit of Olympism and sports competitions and encouraging the glorifying of xenophobic, discriminatory and anti-human values. The disciplinary measure of reprimand is the only possible measure which the authorized COC Assembly may undertake. Namely, for enforcement of measures such as suspension or ban, the authorized body is not the COC Assembly but the Croatian Football Federation as a member of the COC. Since Josip Simunic is not the user of any COC program on the basis of which he would not be allowed to use certain rights and since he is not a potential competitor at the Olympic Games, COC cannot prohibit him the performance at the Games. Furthermore, the COC cannot terminate his membership, because he is not a member of the COC. During the disciplinary procedure Simunic, in response to the application filed by Zeljko Jovanovic, Minister of Science, Education and Sports, said that the words he shouted are for him completely incompatible with racist ideology, adding that he did not use them to encourage the racial hatred, because for him these word symbolize love for the homeland and the audience. The disciplinary measure taken against Josip Simunic is the second measure in the first year of the mandate of COC Ethics Committee once it has taken the disciplinary measure against football official Zdravko Mamic for using inappropriate, offensive and unacceptable words violating thus the basic values and principles of Olympism, above all the dignity of individual, causing damage to the entire Croatian sports. Ethics Committee is an independent body of the Croatian Olympic Committee, established to develop and modernize the basis of ethical rules in sports, based on the values and principles guaranteed by the Olympic Charter and COC Statute, and its members in the mandate period 2012 – 2016 are: Mirna Rajle Brodanac (Croatian Rowing Federation), Darko Curuvija (Croatian Federation of Synchronized Swimming), Katica Iles (Sports Association of Osijek- Baranja County), Zeljko Draksic (Croatian Basketball Federation) and Renato Zivkovic (Croatian Water Polo Federation).