WASHINGTON – The United States are shocked and disappointed over the incidents in Croatia involving Ustasha salutes, Jonathan Moore, director of the Office of South-Central European Affairs at the U.S. Department of State told Tanjug.
After the World Cup qualifier against Iceland on November 19, a member of the Croatian football team Josip Simunic hailed the fans at the Zagreb Maksimir stadium with the salutation the Croatian fascists, Ustasha, used during the Second World War. Ustasha chants could also be heard at a football match in Split on Sunday.
Moore told Tanjug’s correspondent in Washington that it was particularly shocking to have such words uttered by a player on the field.
This person does not seem to be familiar with the history of his country, Moore noted.
He also touched on the hate speech of hooligans in matches played against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Balkan region, and insults related to Srebrenica.
The president and the prime minister of Croatia are dedicated to the democratic future of their country, which they demonstrated in their reaction to the issue of bilingual signs in Vukovar, Moore said.