BREAKING: Croatia official fined by FIFA over Ukraine video

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 10/07/2018

Vida praises Rakitic on helping him score decisive penaltyFIFA has fined Croatian football federation HNS as assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic recorded a video with defender Domagoj Vida after the game in which both men dedicated the victory over Russia to Ukraine.

The football authority have since relieved the duties of former Croatia international Vukojevic and had his accreditation revoked but the federation apologized to host nation for the video and the 34-year-old coach with Besiktas defender Vida also apologized for comments made in the video.

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FIFA said in a statement its disciplinary committee sanctioned Vukojevic as a result of the video in which he stated, "This is a victory for the Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine!"

The committee said it took into consideration that both the official and the Croatian federation apologized in a timely manner, and the federation "promptly adopted internal measures."

After Croatia's quarter-final win over Russia, Vukojevic posted a video with Vida in which the player also shouted "glory to Ukraine."

Vida who has once featured for the Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev in 2017, told Russian portal sports.ru it had "nothing to do with politics," but was a joke for friends.

In its statement, the Croatian federation said: "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 their statements, which were in no way intended to have political connotations, yet which unfortunately left room for such interpretations."

Croatia meet England in the semi-finals on Wednesday. Vida was issued with a warning by FIFA over the incident.

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