Croatia defender Josip Simunic loses appeal at sports court over World Cup ban

The lawyers for Croatia defender Josip Simunic say he has lost his appeal at sport's highest court against a 10-match ban for leading fans in a pro-Nazi chant after a World Cup playoff win.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to announce the ruling later Monday. But his lawyers say they have received the ruling in advance.

The 36-year-old Simunic, who has played 105 times for Croatia, had been a probable selection for his third World Cup.

Simunic invoked a World War II-era slogan used by Croatia's then-puppet regime following victory against Iceland in Zagreb last November.

FIFA's disciplinary panel said Simunic's action was discriminatory and offensive.