World football governing body, FIFA on Sunday issued a formal warning to a Croatia player, Domagoj Vida for praising Ukraine following the win over Russia on Saturday.
Vida who scored Croatia’s second goal in extra-time before Russia equalized, shouted ” Glory to Ukraine” and his former Dynamo Kiev teammate, Ognjen Vukojevic reacted ‘ This win is for Dynamo and Ukraine’ on his social media after the celebration was posted on YouTube which angered Russians.
Russia and Ukraine have been in political disarray since the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by Russia in 2014.
FIFA’s disciplinary committee has sent a warning to the Domagoj Vida due to his video statement following the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Russia and Croatia,”
FIFA has continuously kicked against any politically motivated comments or celebrations during the World Cup in Russia and has fined players involved in politically motivated celebrations.
Vida told Russia newspaper that the video was meant to be a personal message and was not politically motivated.
He said, “There’s no politics in football. It’s a joke for my friends from Dynamo Kiev. I love Russians and I love Ukrainians.”
FIFA had fined three Swiss players for making hand gestures referencing the Albanian flag during a 2-1 win over Serbia in the group stage.