Croatia’s Football Federation (HNS) sacked Ognjen Vukojevic, a member of the national team’s coaching staff, over a “glory to Ukraine” video posted after Croatia beat Russia in the World Cup quarter-finals, HNS said in a statement on Monday.
Vukojevic and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida published the video on social media after the match on Saturday in a move which was criticised by Russian politicians and led to a warning from FIFA’s disciplinary committee. Both Vukojevic and the 29-year-old Vida previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev.
Croatia face England in the World Cup semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday.
Questions on the subject were not allowed when Croatia players Mario Mandzukic and Andrej Kramaric spoke at a news conference in Moscow later on Monday.“We have been quite clear on the matter, that is the position of the federation and we don’t need to ask the players,” a Croatia team spokesman said.
FIFA later handed Vukojevic a fine of 15,000 Swiss francs (£11,408) and a warning for unsporting behaviour, adding that the assistant coach had apologised for his actions.