Croatian defender Domagoj Vida during the Russia vs Croatia match in Sochi on July 7

FIFA Warns Croatia Defender Vida for Shouting 'Glory to Ukraine!' - Reports

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MOSCOW, July 8 (Sputnik) - FIFA has issued a warning to Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, who shouted "Glory to Ukraine!" after his side's World Cup quarter-final victory over Russia, Associated Press reported on Sunday.

"We can confirm that FIFA's disciplinary committee has sent a warning to the player Domagoj Vida due to his video statement following the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Russia and Croatia," FIFA was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

A video appeared on social media on Saturday night showing two ex-players of Dynamo Kiev club. Former Croatia midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic was saying "this is a victory for Dynamo [Kiev] and Ukraine", while Croatia defender Domagoj Vida was shouting 'Glory to Ukraine!', which is a famous slogan of the Ukranian far-right militants.

However, later Vida claimed he did not mean to offend anyone with his statements.

"It was definitely no political message, but a simple thank you for all the support from Ukraine, where Vukojevic and I spent a number of years. Our intention was not to offend anyone… I have many friends in Ukraine, I have a number of them in Russia — and I am proud of all of them. I'm happy to speak Russian and I enjoy Russian hospitality at the World Cup,' Vida said as quoted by the Croatian Football Federation.

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Following the incident, Croatian Football Federation (HNS) called upon the players of Croatia national team to avoid making any political statements.

"Croatian Football Federation would like to emphasize that the aforementioned messages were merely a response to numerous messages of support received from Ukraine during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, considering the deep impact Vida and Vukojević had in Ukraine when playing for powerhouse Dynamo Kyiv. Nonetheless, Croatian Football Federation has pointed out to both Vida and Vukojević, as well as all other internationals, to refrain from any messages that could be politically interpreted in the future," the statement said.

Previously, hosts Russia was defeated 4-3 on penalties by Croatia in the quarter-finals and were eliminated from the tournament, while Croatia advanced to the next round and will now take on England at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the final set to be played at the Luzhniki Stadium.


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