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Russia 2018: Vida To Face Sanction For Shouting ‘Glory to Ukraine’ After Defeating Russia

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The Croatian Defender, Domagoj Vida, used a slogan adopted by anti-Russian Ukrainian nationalists in a nine-second video recorded after his side won a penalty shootout to set up a semi-final against England.

The footage angered Russia supporters and sparked anti-Croatian chants in the centre of Moscow overnight. Asked whether Vida – who played for Dynamo Kiev for five years before moving to Besiktas in January – could face a sanction, a Fifa spokesman said: “Fifa is processing the different reports of the said match, as well as potential evidence concerning the matter referred to in your message.”

FIFA’s statutes forbid discrimination on political grounds, with any breach punishable by suspension.However, Vida would be more likely to escape with a fine provided his words were not deemed discriminatory in nature. Vida, who scored Croatia’s second goal in their 2-2 draw with Russia on Saturday night, was joined in the video by former squadmate Ognjen Vukojevic, who is now a scout at Dynamo.

“This victory is for Dynamo and for Ukraine,” said Vukojevic, who retired from international duty four years ago.


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