Croatia Sack Coach Ognjen Vukojevic Over ‘Glory To Ukraine’ Video Posted After Beating Russia On Penalties

Croatia’s Football Federation (HNS) sacked Ognjen Vukojevic, a member of the national team’s coaching staff, over a ‘glory to Ukraine’ video posted after Croatia beat Russia in their World Cup quarter-final.

Vukojevic and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida published the video on social media after the match on Saturday.

Their actions were criticised by Russian politicians and led to a warning from FIFA’s disciplinary committee.

It said that Vukojevic and Vida also apologised for their statements, saying they were not intended to be political messages but ‘unfortunately left room for such interpretations’.

Both Vukojevic and the 29-year-old Vida previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev.

Croatia face England in the semi-finals of the tournament in Moscow on Wednesday.

 

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