Federation Internationale de Football Association issues formal warning to Croatia player over pro-Ukraine video

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After a brief review of the incident, Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed that it had simply issued a warning to Vida over his comments.

Ognjen Vukojevic has been relieved of his duties by the Croatian Football Federation for his celebratory video in the wake of Croatia's quarter-final victory over Russia at the weekend.

Some Russians said they would cheer against Croatia in their first World Cup semifinal match since 1998.

"The Croatian Football Federation hereby informs the public that by the decision of the leadership of the Federation, Ognjen Vukojević has been relieved of his duties as a team member and will no longer be a member of the delegation at the World Cup in Russia".

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.

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.

In the video, posted on Facebook by Ukrainian journalist Andrey Shakhov, Vida said: "Glory to Ukraine".




Vukojevic was appointed a year ago as a scout for Dynamo after a lengthy playing career, which included being part of the Croatian squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In the clip Vida, who used to play for Dynamo Kiev, said: "Glory to Ukraine!". "It's a joke for my friends from Dynamo Kyiv", the newspaper quoted him as saying.

"There's no politics in football".

HNS said it had revoked Vukojevic's accreditation at the World Cup and relieved him of his duties as an observer for the Croatia squad.

"Our intention was not to offend anyone".

"I am happy to speak the Russian language, I enjoy Russian hospitality at the 2018 World Cup and I sincerely hope that this message will not be understood as anything else but an expression of gratitude to our friends in Ukraine for their support - not in the match against Russia, but during the entire World Cup". Both Vida and Vukojevic previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev, and Vukojevic is now a scout there. In the meantime, Domagoj Vida apologized, and Federation Internationale de Football Association decided against suspending the player. "Throughout my career, I have had teammates from many countries and I respect them all, and just as I have many friends in Ukraine, I have a number of them in Russian Federation - and I am proud of all of them", the defender said.

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