Croatia fires staff member over 'Glory to Ukraine' video

Ognjen Vukojevic, a member of the Croatian World Cup team, was fired after he posted a video "Glory to Ukraine" after Croatia beat Russia, Ukraine's neighbor, in Saturday's quarterfinals.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, which scored the second goal in the match Croatia won in a shootout, appeared in the video published on social media.

Russian politicians objected to the video that Vukojevic and Vida claimed was not a political statement though they admitted "unfortunately left room for such interpretations."

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and backed a pro-Russian uprising in the eastern part of Ukraine.

Both Vida and Vukojevic played for Ukraine's Dynamo Kiev, where Vukojevic is a scout. "This win is for Dynamo and Ukraine ... go Croatia," he says in the video, which he told Russian newspaper Sport Express was "a joke for my friends from Dynamo Kiev. I love Russians and I love Ukrainians.”

Vukojevic, who also played at Spartak Moscow, told Croatian network HRT he didn't want to be a distraction so he agreed to leave.

FIFA fined Vukojevic $15,000. It had earlier fined three Swiss players for making political symbols during their game against Serbia.

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