Domagoj Vida (Croatia) during a series of after match penalties in a match of a quarterfinal of the FIFA World Cup between Russian and Croatia  national teams

Croatia Defender Vida Escapes FIFA Sanctions for Yelling 'Glory to Ukraine'

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Croatia defender Domagoj Vida recently apologized to Russians for shouting “Glory to Ukraine!” after his national team beat Russia in the World Cup quarterfinals.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee ruled that Domagoj Vida would not be sanctioned following the investigation of the second video, in which he is seen holding what looks like a bottle of beer and yelling “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Burn, Belgrade” in Croatian.

"After thoroughly analyzing the second video of the Croatian player Domagoj Vida that appeared in the media and having considered the player's submission, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee ascertained that it was recorded before the initial sanction imposed in Vida and has concluded that no additional infringement of the FIFA regulations has been committed," FIFA said in a statement, tweeted by BBC journalist Richard Conway.

Last week, social media saw Vida chanting “Glory to Ukraine!” together with former Croatia national team member Ognjen Vukojevic saying “This is a victory for Dynamo Kiev and Ukraine!” in the wake of Croatia’s hard-won victory against Russia in the quarterfinals.

READ MORE: Croatia Defender Vida Apologizes to Russia Over 'Glory to Ukraine' Video

After the video went viral on Instagram, Vida told reporters that he didn’t intend to “draw politics into sport,” and that it was a “joke.”

Upon learning about the footage, FIFA launched an investigation, with the Disciplinary Committee issuing a warning to Vida, who eventually escaped a ban from the World Cup semifinals.

Following a massive backlash, boos and whistles from fans during the game with England, Vida apologized for the clip, admitting that he had made a “mistake.”

Vukojevic was suspended from his duties as assistant coach by the Croatian Football Federation and slapped with a $15,000 fine from FIFA.

READ MORE: Kiev to Pay Fine for Croatia's Vukojevic, Chanting 'Glory to Ukraine'

Croatia is now set to take on France in the World Cup grand finale in Moscow on July 15.


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