Croatian footballer Vida apologizes to the Russians for his statements
After the win of the Croatian national team over Russia in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, Domagoj Vida and Ognjen Vukojevic recorded a short video.
Croatian footballer Domagoj Vida and national team’s coaching staff assistant Ognjen Vukojevic expressed their apologies for statements made after the victory over Russia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals match in Sochi on July 7.
"I know I made a mistake. I did it involuntarily. Once again, I would like to apologize to the Russian people," Vida told reporters after the semi-final match vs. England.
In the first video clip, Vida is seen with former Croatian national team player Ognjen Vukojevic, who is currently working as a scout for the Ukrainian football club Dynamo Kiev. Vida says "Glory to Ukraine" after which Vukojevic is heard saying "this win is for Dynamo and Ukraine [...] go Croatia." Vida faced a warning from FIFA, and Vukojevic was fined 15 thousand Swiss francs for unsporting behavior.
Despite the fact that Vida claimed that the video was recorded in-joke, he later uploaded a video in which he again chants the nationalist battle cry.