Moscow: Croatia defender Domagoj Vida escaped a FIFA ban on Sunday after posting a clip dedicating his nation’s victory over Russia within the World Cup quarter-final to Ukraine.
Vida scored an extra-time purpose and one in all Croatia’s penalties in a Four-Three shootout win over the World Cup hosts in Sochi on Saturday.
Croatia will play England within the semi-final on Wednesday and a few Russian officers had referred to as on soccer governing physique FIFA to take robust disciplinary measures.
The ponytailed 29-year-old shouted “Glory to Ukraine!” in a video posted by former Croatia worldwide Ognjen Vukojevic shortly after the dramatic finale in Sochi.
Vida used to play for Ukrainian membership Dynamo Kiev. Vukojevic additionally performed for the membership and now works for them as a scout.
FIFA mentioned it had studied the video and determined to situation a warning to Vida however not take any additional measures.
“We will affirm that FIFA’s disciplinary committee has despatched a warning to the participant Domagoj Vida attributable to his video assertion,” a spokesman advised AFP.
“Glory to Ukraine!” was a slogan of the previous Soviet republic’s pro-EU revolution that toppled a Russian-backed president in 2014.
The revolt was condemned as unlawful by Moscow and sparked a disaster in relations between the 2 neighbouring states.
It was adopted by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and a pro-Kremlin separatist battle in japanese Ukraine that has claimed greater than 10,000 lives.
Vukojevic added within the video: “This victory is for Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine! Croatia onwards!”
The clip was picked up by Russian state media and drew condemnation from some officers.
“Such actions needs to be punished,” parliament’s sports activities committee member Dmitry Svishchyov advised the RIA Novosti state information company.
“Political, nationalist and racist slogans will not be welcome on the World Cup.”
Vida issued a press release distributed by Croatia’s soccer federation after the FIFA ruling calling all the incident a misunderstanding.
“I remorse that some media representatives have interpreted our communication in such a fashion,” he mentioned.
“It was undoubtedly no political message, however a easy thanks for all of the help from Ukraine, the place Vukojevic and I spent quite a few years.”
He had earlier advised Russian media that the message was “only a joke”.
Croatia’s soccer federation added that the gamers’ message was “supposed for his or her mates in Ukraine”.
“Nonetheless, the Croatian soccer federation has identified to each Vida and Vukojevic, in addition to all different internationals, to chorus from any messages that might be politically interpreted sooner or later,” it mentioned.