World Cup 2018: Croatian defender booed during historic triumph

first_imgCroatia booked their place in the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against France on July 15. Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.With a population of 4,000,000, Croatia became the smallest country to reach a World Cup Final since Uruguay in 1950, as well as the lowest ranked ever (20th).Domagoj Vida defended his goal, and along with Dejan Lovern marshalled his troops and kept England at bay since Kieran Trippier’s opener. Croatia, in their first semi-final since 1998, levelled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more dangerous side.Vida’s son after the final whistle celebrated with the Croatian team, as his father bathed in the glory of a battle well fought.Eu tô muito apaixonada nesse vídeo do filho do Vida (@DFBReus) July 11, 2018vida’s son is too cute im softttttt that lil thumb im crying!! (@adistibstr) July 11, 20182018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThat was not the case at the start of the match though, as spectators in the Russian capital booed and whistled Croatian defender Vida, who had spoken out in support of Russia’s neighbour and adversary Ukraine.After Croatia’s quarter-final victory over Russia, a video was posted online showing Vida, a former player with Ukrainian club side Dynamo Kiev, saying “Glory to Ukraine!”MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSRussia’s relations with Ukraine have been fraught since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.advertisementWorld soccer’s governing body FIFA ruled that Vida’s comments were not in keeping with tournament rules about political neutrality.Also read – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic World Cup final: Key statsThe booing and whistles rang out each time Vida touched the ball in the semi-final against England, starting about 30 minutes into the first half.It did not appear to be coming from sections of the stadium where England supporters were concentrated. There were significant numbers of Russians in the stadium.FIFA hit Ognjen Vukojevic, a member of Croatia’s coaching staff who appeared in the video with Vida, with a 15,000-Swiss-franc (11,400 pounds) fine. Vukojevic was fired from his role with the national team.Also read – World Cup 2018: Ivan Perisic living the dream as Croatia create historyVida said his comments in the video were not intended to convey any political message.But his reference to Ukraine angered Russian soccer fans and politicians. Some Russians said they had originally planned to support Croatia in the semi-finals after their own team were knocked out, but that they had changed their minds after learning of Vida’s remarks.last_img