State Duma wishes Croatia victory at World Cup 2018 after Vida’s apology
Previously, a scandal broke out because the player shouting “Glory to Ukraine!”
The Croatian national team defeated England and reached the final of the 2018 World Cup. However, since the quarterfinal match against Russia, the Croatians were haunted by a scandal. The reason was that Domagoj Vida, who, after winning the penalty shootout in the video, shouted: “Glory to Ukraine!” Later he apologized, to which the State Duma reacted with wishing the Croats victory in the decisive duel.
In the quarterfinal, the Croatian national team won against the host of the championship, the Russian national team, in the penalty shoot-out. In the extra time, Croatian defender Domagoj Vida scored a goal but everyone remembered him for his actions after the match.
A video where he says “Glory to Ukraine!” appeared on the Internet, because of which a high-profile scandal broke out. In the semi-final against England, as soon as the player touched the ball, he was immediately booed by the Luzhniki crowd. After the Croats have made their way to the final, Vida apologized for what he said in Russian.
Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs Mikhail Degtyarev reacted to Vida’s apology and wished Croatia to win the final game.
“The best thing in this situation is to sincerely apologize to the Russian fans, which is what the defender of the Croatian national team did; I hope the incident is over. Congratulations to Croatia on reaching the final, perhaps, on our land, for the first time in the history of the world championships, the Slavs will be winners,” said Degtyareva (citation by SE).