Croatia defender Domagoj Vida faced possible disciplinary sanctions from Fifa after posting a clip dedicating his country’s victory over Russia in the world cup quarter-final to Ukraine. Vida scored an extra-time goal and one of Croatia’s penalties in a 4-3 shootout win over the world cup hosts in Sochi on Saturday.
Some Russian officials are calling on Fifa to take the toughest measures possible against the Balkan country.
The ponytailed 29-year-old shouted “Glory to Ukraine!” in a video posted by former Croatia international Ognjen Vukojevic shorts of their careers playing for Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv.
Fifa said it was investigating. “Fifa is processing the different reports of the said match as well as potential evidence concerning the matter,” a Fifa spokesperson said, adding, “Until we have evaluated all information available, we cannot comment.”
Vida later told Russian media that he meant no offense.”It love Russian people. It was just a joke,” Vida was quoted as saying.
“Glory to Ukraine!” was a slogan of the former Soviet republic’s pro-EU revolution that toppled a Russian-backed president in 2014.
The revolt was condemned as illegal by Moscow and sparked a crisis in relations between the two neighboring states.