MOSCOW: Domagoj Vida, scorer of Croatia’s second goal in their World Cup quarter-final against Russia, has been cautioned by world federation FIFA over a social media video in which he shouted: “Glory to Ukraine.”
Croatia beat the World Cup hosts 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 extra-time draw in Sochi on Saturday night with central defender Vida playing a central role and not only scoring a goal but converting his penalty in the shootout.
Later a video appeared showing Vida and retired player Ognjen Vukojevic, now a member of the coaching staff, claimingL “This victory is for Dinamo and for Ukraine … let’s go, Croatia!”
The images, uploaded to Facebook by a Ukrainian journalist, went down badly in Russia where the “Glory to Ukraine ” slogan is used by critics of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula .
Article 3 of the FIFA disciplinary code prohibits “political slogans in any form”.
Vida , who plays his club football now with Turkey’s Besiktas, spent four years with Dynamo Kiev.
He sought to excuse himself, saying: “There is no politics in football. It’s a joke for my friends from Dynamo Kiev . I love the Russians and the Ukrainians.”