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Croatia’s Vida Cleared Ahead Of World Cup Final

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Domagoj Vida has been cleared by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee following the emergence of a second video in which the Croatia defender made potentially inflammatory political comments.

Vida and assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic – who has since been sacked by Croatia – were filmed making comments including “Glory to Ukraine”, a phrase that has been adopted by anti-Russian nationalists, after Croatia beat Russia on penalties in the quarter-finals.

FIFA chose not to suspend Vida, warning the centre-back over his conduct following the incident, and the Besiktas defender was able to play in Croatia’s 2-1 semi-final win over England.

A second video was also released of Vida making similar remarks, but FIFA has now determined that it took place prior to their initial investigation.

“After thoroughly analysing the second video of the Croatian player Domagoj Vida that appeared in the media and having considered the player’s submission, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee ascertained that it was recorded before the initial sanction imposed on Mr Vida and has concluded that no additional infringement of the FIFA regulations has been committed,” FIFA said in a statement.

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