The Croatian internationals Dejan Lovren and Marcelo Brozovic shouted a well-known Croatian (Ustasha) fascist salute as they celebrated third place in the World Cup in Zagreb. Qatar 2022denounced the local press on Monday.
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Lovren, defender of Zenit Saint Petersburg, and midfielder Brozovic, of Inter Milan, left after the spectacular reception of the team to a nightclub near Zagreb, to continue celebrating, reports the newspaper “Jutarnji list”.
A video circulating in the media shows the two players drinking alcohol and singing an ultra-nationalist song that includes the Ustasha greeting “Za dom spremni” (“Ready for home”).
During World War II, a fascist Croatian state existed for four years (1941-1945), an ally of the German Third Reich, where hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies were systematically murdered.
Historical revisionists argue that “Za dom spremni” is an “ancient Croatian patriotic salute” that “was only abused” by the Ustashas, but reputable historians reject these accounts.
The Croatian team was received this Sunday by tens of thousands of fans in Zagreb and after the public celebration, the members of the team led by Luka Modric each went to other places to continue celebrating.
The Index news portal was still waiting Monday night for a response from the Croatian Football Federation to its question whether Lovren and Brozovic would be punished for their chants.
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