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Monday, 9 July 2018

Croatia Defender, Vida: Why I Posted 'Glory To Ukraine' Video After Win Against Russia

Croatia defender, Domagoj Vida, has revealed why he posted a video with the caption "Glory To Ukraine" after his team defeated Russia on Penalties in the quarter-finals.

Vida's video after the match on Sunday led to criticism from Russian officials and a warning from FIFA's disciplinary committee.

The relationship between Ukraine and hosts Russia have not been good after Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its backing for a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.

The 29-year-old, Vida previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev alongside a member of the Croatian coaching team.

“I regret that some media representatives have interpreted our communication in such a manner,” Vida said in a statement released by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS).

“It was definitely no political message, but a simple thank you for all the support from Ukraine, where Vukojevic and I spent a number of years.

“Our intention was not to offend anyone. Throughout my career, I have had team mates from many countries and I respect them all, and just as I have many friends in Ukraine, I have a number of them in Russia – and I am proud of all of them.

“I sincerely hope that this message will not be understood as anything else but an expression of gratitude to our friends in Ukraine for their support – not in the match against Russia, but during the entire World Cup,” Vida added.

Croatia will now face England in the semi-finals on Wednesday in Moscow, Russia.

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