By Chineze Ogugua
FIFA has opened investigation on Croatia international, Domagoj Vida over alleged anti-Russia comments made following his side’s quarter-final win against Russia.
Vida scored an extra-time goal for Croatia who booked a place in the semi-finals of the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia defeating the hosts 4-3 on penalties after full time ended 2-2.
In a video which circulated on social media, Vida alongside his former Dynamo Kiev teammate Ognjen Vukojevic said “Glory to Ukraine.
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” – A phrase which was used by Ukrainian anti-Russian nationalists, while Vukojevic added: “This victory is for Dynamo and Ukraine.”
In a statement released by FIFA, it read: “FIFA is processing the different reports of the said match as well as potential evidence concerning the matter,”
“Please understand, until we have evaluated all information available, we cannot comment further.”
Vida will likely face both a fine and a two-match ban which will be dangerous for the Croatians who will face England in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
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