Croatia Hero Faces Sanctions After Politically Charged Video Emerges

Croatia Hero Faces Sanctions After Politically Charged Video Emerges

Croatia Hero Faces Sanctions After Politically Charged Video Emerges

Croatian defender Domagoj Vida has been issued a warning for unsporting behavior, but was not been fined or suspended by Federation Internationale de Football Association over a post-match video in which he paints Croatia's win over Russia as a triumph for Ukraine.

"This victory is for Dynamo and Ukraine", added Vukojevic.

Vida was quoted by the Russian newspaper Sport Express as saying that the video was meant to be a personal message.

Joy quickly turned to anguish however as the defender completely missed the target, sending a low effort round the wrong side of the post and giving Croatia the advantage.

The Russians, riding a wave of euphoria after unexpectedly knocking out Spain in the previous round, were determined to carry on to a first World Cup semi-final since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida has narrowly avoided a ban from his country's World Cup semi-final against England after posting a nine-second video with strong political connotations on social media. Football is outside politics.

"It was definitely no political message, but a simple thank you for all the support from Ukraine, where Vukojevic and I spent a number of years".

"Our intention was not to offend anyone". I have many friends in Ukraine from when I played Kiev and I said that because of them. Vida has just left Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv and Vukojevic also played for the club during his career.

On top of that, the Croatian Football Federation released a statement of their own backing the pair and playing up their relationship with the Russian Football Federation.

This would rule the 29-year-old Vida out of Wednesday's semi-final against England and end his tournament.

Vida's provocation is all the more surreal given that prior to the match, Croatian players including Vida were filmed in front of a large banner upon which were written the words "say no to racism".

There were suggestions earlier in the tournament that Switzerland duo Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri could face punishment for their controversial celebrations against Serbia, but the pair have so far escaped punishment for their actions.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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