Croatian President asks Russians to support her team in World Cup finals
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovich thanked the Cup hosts for the cordial welcome.
President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovich, thanked the Russians for hospitality during the World Cup. She published the corresponding video on her Facebook page.
“Dear Russian fans! On behalf of the Croatian fans, I’d like to thank Russia for the cordial welcome! You are wonderful hosts. Today, root for Croatia! Let's rejoice together!” she said in Russian.
Previously, the Croatian football team found itself in the midst of a scandal after the video showing player Domagoj Vida and coaching staff member Ognjen Vukojevic shouting “Glory to Ukraine” after the 1/4 finals match against Russia appeared on social networks. FIFA began investigating the incident and confined itself to a warning. Nevertheless, the Croatian Football Federation decided to exclude Vukojevic from the delegation.
Later, Vida apologized to the Russians, saying that he had made a mistake, which he regretted.
On the eve of the semi-finals match with England, Croatian fans waved a huge flag saying “Thank you, Russia” in Russian in the center of Moscow.
The World Cup finals are to be held between the teams of France and Croatia at the Luzhniki stadium on Sunday. This is the first final match in the history of the Croatian team.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.