Sports Croatia sack Vukojevic over Vida's 'pro-Ukraine' video

22:30  09 july  2018
22:30  09 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has sacked Ognjen Vukojevic after the former international appeared in a social media video with Domagoj Vida and allegedly made pro - Ukraine remarks.

When Croatia played Russia on Saturday night everyone was on the edge of their seats - it was a tense, nail-biting game. And spirits were high afterwards, for Croatia that is. So high in fact that coach Ognjen Vukojevic and Croatian defender, Domagoj Vida

The pair came under scrutiny after releasing what was construed as a politically motivated message across social media

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has sacked Ognjen Vukojevic after the former international appeared in a social media video with Domagoj Vida and allegedly made pro-Ukraine remarks.

Vukojevic and Vida made comments including "Glory to Ukraine", a phrase that has been adopted by anti-Russian nationalists, after Croatia beat the World Cup hosts on penalties to book a semi-final against England.

Ognjen Vukojevic playing for Croatia in 2012© Provided by Goal.com Ognjen Vukojevic playing for Croatia in 2012

FIFA opted not to suspend Vida, warning the centre-back over his conduct following the incident, while the Besiktas defender insisted the video was not intended as a political statement.

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Ognjen Vukojevic , a member of the Croatia backroom staff, has been sacked over releasing a video referening Ukraine after the win over Russia. Both Vukojevic and the 29-year-old Vida previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev.

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia ’ s Football Federation (HNS) sacked Ognjen Vukojevic , a member of the national team’ s coaching staff, over a “glory to Ukraine ” video posted. Both Vukojevic and the 29-year-old Vida previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev.

HNS, though, announced on Monday that Vukojevic has been removed from his position as an associate of the Croatia coaching staff, with his World Cup accreditation also revoked.

A statement said: "HNS hereby apologises to the Russian public for the actions of a member of the Croatian delegation.

"Ognjen Vukojevic and Domagoj Vida likewise apologise for their statements, which were in no way intended to have political connotations, yet which unfortunately left room for such interpretations."

Vukojevic issued a release accepting his dismissal but he continues to deny intending to make anti-Russian remarks.

"I would never want to be a burden to the national team, especially not ahead of a match as monumental as the World Cup semi-final, when the team is most in need of a peaceful atmosphere," Vukojevic said.

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Domagoj Vida and Ognjen Vukojevic were filmed in the video shouting 'Glory to Ukraine ' after the win over Russia. Domagoj Vida celebrates scoring Croatia in the penalty shootout win over Russia.

Croatia ' s Football Federation (HNS) sacked Ognjen Vukojevic , a member of the national team' s coaching staff, over a 'glory to Ukraine ' video posted after Croatia beat Russia in their World Cup quarter-final. Vukojevic and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida published the video on social media

"My statements were truly not intended to have any political connotations, and my only intention was to thank my friends in Ukraine for their support, and to thank my club, Dynamo Kiev, for permitting me to participate at the World Cup.

"However, I understand that my statements unfortunately could have been interpreted differently, for which I am sorry. I apologise to the Russian public if they have understood my statements in such a way.

"I am extremely proud of what Croatia has done in Russia so far, and I wish the boys the best of luck for the rest of the tournament. I will be their biggest fan until the very end."

Croatia take on England in Moscow on Wednesday for the right to play either Belgium or France in the final.

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