FIFA refuses to punish football player Vida for video referencing Belgrade
FIFA will not punish Domagoj Vida, a defender for the Croatian national football team, for a video showing him say “Burn, Belgrade!” and “Ukraine be praised!”
FIFA will not punish Domagoj Vida, a defender for the Croatian national football team, for the second video showing him say “Burn, Belgrade!”; the video was published after the game with Russia, the FIFA Press Service told RBC.
The two videos showing Vida were uploaded to the Internet after the game with Russia.
The first one earned Vida a warning and a fine of 15k Swiss Francs. The video shows Vida shout “Ukraine be praised!” while Ognen Vukoevich, the assistant to the Croatian national football team coach, says that the victory was “for Dinamo and Ukraine.” Both had played for Kiev Dinamo.
The Croatian Football Federation both were sorry and did not mean to “cause political controversy.” Vida also apologized to the Russian football fans. “I made a mistake. I want to use this opportunity to offer another apology to the Russian people. I am sorry, this is life. One needs to learn from their mistakes,” he said.
The second video that was published after Croatia beat Russia shows Vida seat next to Ivica Olic and drink beer. Olic is one of the team's coaches. It shows Vida discuss football and say “Ukraine be praised!” and then shout “Burn, Belgrade!” and then sing a song in Serbian.
Vida supposedly talked to employees of the Belgrad restaurant in Kiev where people of Yugoslavian descent work, according to Blic. He sends regards to his friend Yovan in the end.
It is impossible to understand where the video was shot. However, Vida and Olic are in their uniform made for the 2018 World Cup. The video was shot after Croatia beat Russia, according to Blic. It also remains to be known to shot the video.
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.