Ukraine's MFA condemns unprincipled action by FIFA, groundless persecution of Vukojevic, Vida
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has condemned Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for its unprincipled and groundless persecution of Croatia football team player, ex-Dynamo Kyiv player, Domagoj Vida and ex-football player and current Dymamo Kyiv football team trainer/scout Ognjen Vukojevic for posting a video clip to social media in which the pair blurt out the greeting, "Glory to Ukraine!"
"We condemn the unprincipled action of FIFA and groundless persecution of Vukojevic and Vida. This represents a disgraceful lack of respect to millions of fans from Ukraine, Croatia and other countries. FIFA must demonstrate a principled stance and not help the Kremlin whitewash its already ruined image #SlavaUkraine!" the Foreign Ministry's Political Director Oleksiy Makeyev said on his Twitter page on Tuesday.
As earlier reported, FIFA issued a formal warning to Vida, who praised Ukraine after his team beat FIFA World Cup host Russia in a quarterfinal match.
On July 9, Croatia's Football Federation sacked Vukojevic from the Croatian team, saying he was no longer a member of the Croatia Delegation to FIFA World Cup Russia.
On July 10, the president of the FFU reported that the Ukrainian Football Federation was studying the legal aspects of the matter in order to help Vukojevic to appeal to the Lausanne Sports Arbitration Court.