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Croatia expelled former participant Ognjen Vukojevic from its World Cup delegation on Monday for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida.

The Croatian Football Federation and Vida apologized for the video, which was posted after the staff beat Russia on penalties within the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.

The video reveals Vida, who scored in opposition to Russia, shouting “glory to Ukraine” earlier than Vukojevic provides “this win is for Dynamo and Ukraine … go Croatia.” Both Vida and Vukojevic beforehand performed for Ukrainian membership Dynamo Kyiv, and Vukojevic is now a scout there.

The video angered many social media customers in Russia, which has tense relations with Ukraine and annexed the Crimean peninsula from the nation in 2014. Some Russians stated they might cheer in opposition to Croatia in its first World Cup semifinal match since 1998.

FIFA guidelines bar gamers from making political gestures on the World Cup and the governing physique gave Vida a proper warning on Sunday, however didn’t impose a match sanction.

The Croatian federation stated in a press release that Vukojevic, who was additionally a former participant for Spartak Moscow, had been with the staff as an observer however his World Cup credentials have now been withdrawn.

“I don’t want to be a burden to our team ahead of the extremely important semifinal match of the World Cup, at the moment when the most needed thing for the national team is peace,” Vukojevic advised Croatian state broadcaster HRT.

Vukojevic stated he meant the video as a private greeting to Ukrainian associates, not as a political assertion.

“However, I do understand that my statements can be differently interpreted,” he stated. “Because of this, I am sorry – and I do apologize to the Russian public, if they perceived my statements like this. I am very proud of Croatia’s achievement at the World Cup and I wish the boys all the best luck in the following games.”

Croatia’s staff refused to permit gamers Mario Mandzukic and Andrej Kramaric to reply questions in regards to the controversy at Monday’s information convention.

A staff spokesman, talking in regards to the video, stated Vida “regrets” it.

Ukraine’s authorities accuses Russia of arming pro-Russian separatists who management a part of the east of the nation, and of backing up the separatist teams with navy forces.

Vukojevic was appointed final 12 months as a scout for Dynamo after a prolonged taking part in profession, which included being a part of the Croatian squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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