“Croatia’s soccer federation said it was firing an assistant coach for his role in a controversial video by a Croatian player following the team’s World Cup victory over Russia.
The decision against Ognjen Vukojevic, announced by the federation on July 9, was the latest fallout from the video which showed defender Domagoj Vida celebrating his team’s victory by saying “Glory to Ukraine.”
Both Vukojevic and Vida previously played for the Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv.
‘The Croatian Football Federation apologizes to the Russian public for the actions of a member of the Croatian delegation,’ it said.
‘Ognjen Vukojević and Domagoj Vida likewise apologize for their statements, which were in no way intended to have political connotations, yet which unfortunately left room for such interpretations,’ the statement said.” (RFE/RL)