Croatia Fires Soccer Coaching Assistant After Player's 'Glory To Ukraine' Video

Croatia Fires Soccer Coaching Assistant After Player's 'Glory To Ukraine' Video

FIFA, which generally forbids political statements during the World Cup, issued a warning to Vida, the Washington Post reported.

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.

"HNS hereby apologizes to the Russian public for the actions of a member of the Croatian delegation", it said in a statement.

Croatia have expelled former player Ognjen Vukojevic from their Fifa World Cup delegation for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida in the wake of their quarterfinal win over Russian Federation.

Both Vukojevic and the 29-year-old Vida previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed on Sunday that Vida has been given a warning , meaning the defender will be available for selection when Croatia face England in Wednesday's second World Cup semi-final.

"The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has chose to revoke Vukojević's team accreditation at the FIFA World Cup and to relieve him of his duties as an observer for the Croatian national team".

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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.

Vida was a star of Croatia's win on penalties over Russian Federation on Saturday, scoring a header in extra time and converting a penalty in the shootout.

"There's no politics in football".

"Our intention was not to offend anyone".

"Vukojević published a controversial video on social media after the match between Croatia and Russian Federation in the quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup".

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)".

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