A world Cup of riveting drama continues with reports that the Croatian assistant coach has been sacked for posting a politically-charged video to social media following the penalty shootout win over hosts Russia.
Vukojevic, a former Croatia international, posted a video wherein he and defender Domagoj Vida devoted the dramatic win to Ukraine, prompting complaint from Russian supporters.
The clip showed Vida, who scored in extra time on the Fisht Stadium, roaring “Glory to Ukraine!” at the same time as Vukojevic introduced that “This victory is for Dynamo [Kiev] and Ukraine.”
“The Croatian soccer Federation hereby notifies the general public that Ognjen Vukojevic has been relieved of his responsibilities as an accomplice of the education group of workers of the Croatian country wide crew via choice of the control of the Croatian FA, and that he will now not be a member of the Croatian delegation on the Fifa global Cup in Russia,” a assertion study.
“The Croatian soccer Federation (HNS) has decided to revoke Vukojevic’s group accreditation on the Fifa international Cup and to alleviate him of his duties as an observer for the Croatian country wide team.
“HNS hereby apologizes to the Russian public for the actions of a member of the Croatian delegation. Ognjen Vukojevic and Domagoj Vida likewise apologize for his or her statements, which have been in no manner supposed to have political connotations, yet which regrettably left room for such interpretations.”
Fifa issued a proper warning to Vukojevic concerning his behaviour and the previous midfielder reacted to his dismissal by means of telling Russian newspaper game specific: “There’s no politics in soccer. It’s a comic story for my pals from Dynamo Kiev. I love Russians and i like Ukrainians.”
Croatia take on England inside the 2nd semifinal of the arena Cup Wednesday, wherein the winner will cross up in opposition to either France or Belgium for Sunday’s showpiece very last.