Rally in support of Vida, Vukojevic staged near Croatia's embassy in Kyiv
Near the embassy of Croatia in Kyiv activists from the Brotherhood of Veterans (Veteranskoye Bratsvo) and National Corps (Natsionalnye Druzhiny) held a rally for Ognjen Vukojevic and Croatian footballer Domagoj Vida, who received reprimands from the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) after posting a clip on social media in which blurted out the greeting, "Slava Ukraine!" The clip was posted after Croatia bested the Russian squad in the FIFA World Cup Russia match.
The activists gave a message to the Croatian embassy explaining that the Ukrainian greeting "Slava Ukraine!" is not abusive or discriminatory.
"We hope that the situation is resolved. It's impermissible to punish people for their love for Ukraine," Brotherhood of Veterans activist Dmytro Shatrovsky said.
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.