Croatia eject former international over 'Glory to Ukraine' video

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10 July, 2018

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic rushed into the dressing room to celebrate with the players after their penalty win over Russian Federation.

However, Besiktas reportedly rejected the offer nearly instantly, with their own valuation of Vida's worth said to be in the region of €35m.

Russian Federation fought valiantly, but saw their World Cup dreams dashed as Ivan Rakitic and Croatia won 4-3 on penalties to set up a semifinal showdown with England. Later on Saturday night, anti-Croatian chants were heard in the centre of Moscow.

Croatia's Domagoj Vida celebrates after scoring a penalty kick during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Vukojevic, a scout and former player at the Ukraine club, added: "This victory is for Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine!".

"My statements were truly not meant to have any political connotations, and my only intention was to thank my friends in Ukraine for their support, and to thank my club, Dynamo Kiev, for permitting me to participate at the World Cup". Football is outside politics.

"However, I do understand that my statements can be differently interpreted, " he said.

On Sunday, Andrey Pavelko, president of the Ukrainian Football Federation, told Sport Express: "All Ukrainian patriots felt a bit Croatian last night".

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"Our intention was not to offend anyone".

Federation Internationale de Football Association has issued a formal warning to a Croatia player who praised Ukraine in a video after his team beat World Cup host Russia.

Vukojević started to play football at Mladost Ždralovi and moved to NK Bjelovar before starting his professional career at Slaven Belupo in 2003.

Croatia play England in the semifinals in Moscow on Wednesday.

According to Fifa's disciplinary code, political slogans are banned from the game while Section 54 states that: "Anyone who provokes the general public during a match will be suspended for two matches and sanctioned with a minimum fine of CHF 5,000 (£3,800)".

But the Federation went further than FIFA.

Serbia was charged for fans' "display of discriminatory banners and messages by Serbian supporters as well as for throwing objects during the match", Federation Internationale de Football Association said. Precisely, Ognjen Vukojević, who was one of the Dalić's associates, was asked to leave the Croatian delegation on Monday, reports Gol.hr on July 9, 2018.


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