Domagoj Vida explains social media video after warning from FIFA

Domagoj Vida explains social media video after warning from FIFA

Domagoj Vida explains social media video after warning from FIFA

The race for the Golden Boot heats up ahead of the Fifa World Cup semifinals.

A second person in the same video, Ognjen Vukojevic, a recently-retired Croatian worldwide who played in Kiev, and now works as a scout for the national team, underlines the message by adding "This victory is for Dynamo Kiev and for Ukraine".

In a video posted on social media by former Croatia global Vukojevic, Vida was shown shouting "Glory to Ukraine" which had angered Russian officials given the past between the two countries.

The statement angered many Russian social media users amid the political tension between Russia and Ukraine.

The arrival of the host nation for the final World Cup match at the Fisht Stadium meant by far the most vibrant atmosphere yet at this Black Sea beach resort.

Vukojevic added in the video: "This victory is for Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine!".

Croatia reached the World Cup semifinals for the second time in their history with Ivan Rakitic again the hero in a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Russian Federation.

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It wasn't immediately clear whether Vida and Vukojevic intended the video to be made public, or if it was later uploaded to YouTube by someone else. Football is outside politics.

"Love Russians and I love Ukrainians", he said.

Russian Federation has claimed the territory since 2014, despite global condemnation. Vida was also shown a yellow card for taking his shirt off after scoring the goal. Vukojevic, another Dynamo ex-player, was in 2017 appointed the club's scout for the Balkans, Eastern and Central Europe.

The players and head coach Stanislav Cherchesov have been invited by Putin to "to sum up the results of the championship and discuss Russia's World Cup heritage", Peskov told Russian news agency TASS on Sunday.

Switzerland trio Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner were fined earlier in the tournament for celebrating against Serbia with crossed hand gestures resembling an eagle, a symbol of Albania.

Croatia won 4-3 on penalties to set-up a semi-final meeting with England.

England beat Croatia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

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