The Dinamo Zagreb defender is facing a long ban and will certainly miss his country's final game in Group A at Hampden against Scotland next month as well as their next match against Belgium, after a hefty tackle on Serbia's Miralem Sulejmani on Friday night.
Miroslav Blazevic, the former Croatia manager, defended the tackle, where Simunic led with his elbow and followed through with a kick to stop Sulejmani running in on goal in the final minutes. He said: "He is a hero to the people of Croatia. He prevented a certain goal."
The Serb media wants more than a ban and has demanded that Simunic is prevented from playing football altogether. The country's biggest newspaper Alo wrote: "Eliminate the animal Simunic from playing football. His place is not on grass, but in the cage.This Croatian butcher almost killed our player in what was the worst tackle ever seen in the history of football. A 12-game ban is not enough - get him out of football for the sake of our children."
Simunic himself was unrepentant. He said: "I apologised to Miralem. But if the situation happened again, I would do it again."