FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has despatched a warning to Croatia defender Domagoj Vida after he was filmed praising Ukraine following his aspect’s victory over Russia.
The video exhibits Vida shouting “glory to Ukraine” earlier than his former Croatian teammate Ognjen Vukojevic, who’s now retired, provides “this win is for Dynamo and Ukraine … go Croatia.”
Vida and Vukojevic performed collectively at Ukrainian membership Dynamo Kiev. It was not instantly clear whether or not they supposed the video to be made public, or if it was a private message later uploaded to YouTube by another person.
After investigating the matter, FIFA mentioned in an announcement: “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.”
Vida, who scored a header in extra-time to provide Croatia a 2-1 lead and a penalty within the shootout, advised the Russian newspaper Sport Specific he meant the video to be a private message.
“There’s no politics in football. It’s a joke for my friends from Dynamo Kiev,” he was quoted as saying. “I love Russians and I love Ukrainians.”
Tensions have been excessive since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Ukraine’s authorities accuses Russia of arming pro-Russian separatists who management a part of the east of the nation, and of backing up the separatist teams with Russian navy forces.
Vukojevic was appointed final 12 months as a scout for Dynamo after a prolonged enjoying profession which included being a part of the Croatia squad for the 2014 World Cup.
FIFA can nice or droop gamers for political gestures on the World Cup. Three Swiss gamers have been fined for making hand gestures referencing the Albanian flag throughout a 2-1 win over Serbia within the group stage.
Croatia face England on Wednesday within the nation’s first World Cup semi-final recreation since 1998.
This text initially appeared on Sky Sports.