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Croatia defender Domagoj Vida warned by Federation Internationale de Football Association over pro-Ukraine comments

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Federation Internationale de Football Association has rules in place which can sanction players for "provoking the general public", but the Croatian pair avoided punishment and were issued with a warning.

Coach Ognjen Vukojevic posted the video and has now been sent home by Croatia.

A statement said: "HNS hereby apologises to the Russian public for the actions of a member of the Croatian delegation".

Croatia have expelled former player Ognjen Vukojevic from their Fifa World Cup delegation for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida in the wake of their quarterfinal win over Russian Federation.

The game went on to penalties and Croatia scraped through to the semi-finals when they won 4-3.

Federation Internationale de Football Association recently issued a warning against a Croatian soccer player for chanting offensive comments after the country's World Cup victory against Russia.

Vukojevic was appointed previous year as a scout for Dynamo after a lengthy playing career, which included being part of the Croatian squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Vida has since apologized for his comments on the video, which went viral in Russian Federation.

FIFA, the World Cup organisers and world football's governing body, said in a statement: "We can confirm that FIFA's Disciplinary Committee has sent a warning to the player Domagoj Vida due to his video statement following the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Russian Federation and Croatia". Football is outside politics.

In the video, Vukojevic added: "This victory is for Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine!".

Vukojevic was appointed previous year as a scout for Dynamo after a lengthy playing career which included being part of the Croatian squad for the 2014 World Cup.

"Our intention was not to offend anyone".

Vida played for Dynamo Kiev FC between 2013 and 2018, while Vukojevic played for the same Ukrainian football club in 2008-2015.

"I would never want to be a burden to the national team, especially not ahead of a match as monumental as the World Cup semi-final, when the team is most in need of a peaceful atmosphere", Vukojevic said.

During the group stage of the World Cup, FIFA fined three Switzerland players for making hand gestures of an "Albanian eagle" symbol to celebrate goals against Serbia and cleared them to continue playing.

Serbia was charged for fans' "display of discriminatory banners and messages by Serbian supporters as well as for throwing objects during the match", Federation Internationale de Football Association said.

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