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Croatia bars former player from World Cup over Ukraine video

Croatia bars former player from World Cup over Ukraine video

Croatia bars former player from World Cup over Ukraine video

Vida played for Dynamo Kiev from 2013 to 2018 before moving to Besiktas in January.

In the clip Vida, who used to play for Dynamo Kiev, said: "Glory to Ukraine!".

Vida scored in extra-time during Croatia's quarter-final victory over Russian Federation on Saturday, before also converting from the penalty spot during their dramatic shootout win, helping his side progress to their first World Cup semi-final since 1998.

Croatia have expelled former player Ognjen Vukojevic from their Fifa World Cup delegation for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida in the wake of their quarterfinal win over Russian Federation.

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"I don't want to be a burden to our team ahead of the extremely important semifinal match of the World Cup, at the moment when the most needed thing for the national team is peace, " Vukojevic told Croatian state broadcaster HRT.

The Croatian Football Federation has made a decision to relieve Vukojević from his functions on the Croatian national team where he performed the role of a scout, and his team accreditation for the World Cup has been withdrawn.

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That irked the French team, and coach Didier Deschamps said the comments were "not something particularly pleasant". After already achieving their first objective, Croatia would likely bench some of their players against Iceland .

In the video, posted on Facebook by Ukrainian journalist Andrey Shakhov, Vida said: "Glory to Ukraine".

"My statements were truly not meant to have any political connotations, and my only intention was to thank my friends in Ukraine for their support, and to thank my club, Dynamo Kiev, for permitting me to participate at the World Cup".

"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 Russian Federation and Croatia", Fifa wrote in a statement.

"There's no politics in football".

"However, I do understand that my statements can be differently interpreted, " he said. The Croatian Football Federation also warned him.

Ognjen Vukojevic playing for Croatia at Euro 2012. In the meantime, Domagoj Vida apologized, and Federation Internationale de Football Association decided against suspending the player.

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who are both of Kosovan-Albanian heritage, received a warning and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) for unsporting behavior in a judgment by FIFA's disciplinary panel. Precisely, Ognjen Vukojević, who was one of the Dalić's associates, was asked to leave the Croatian delegation on Monday, reports Gol.hr on July 9, 2018.

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