Croatian football team coach is sacked days before semi-final with England

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A Croatian national football team coach has been sacked days before the World Cup semi-final with England after posting a pro-Ukraine video that has enraged Russians.

Former international Ognjen Vukojevic, 34, praised Ukraine in the video, which also featured defender Domagoj Vida, 29, shouting: 'Glory to Ukraine!'.

Saturday - Croatia - Host - Nation - Penalties

It was published on Saturday, just after Croatia defeated the host nation on penalties in a closely fought quarter-final.

Their actions were criticised by Russian politicians and led to a warning from FIFA's disciplinary committee.

'Glory - Slogan - Soviet - Republic - Revolution

'Glory to Ukraine!' was a slogan of the former Soviet republic's pro-EU revolution that toppled a Russian-backed president in 2014.

The revolt was condemned as illegal by Moscow and sparked a crisis in relations between the two neighbouring states.

Croatians - Vida - Involvement - Scandal

The Croatians apologised for Vida's involvement in the scandal.

In the video, Vida and Vukojevic - both of whom once played for Ukrainian side Dynamo Kieve - praise the Eastern European nation.

Vukojevic - 'This - Victory - Dynamo - Ukraine

Vukojevic said: 'This victory is for Dynamo and Ukraine,' while Vida shouted: 'Glory to Ukraine!'.

Relations between Ukraine and World Cup hosts Russia remain fraught after the latter's 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula and its backing for a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.

War - Ukraine - Lives

War in eastern Ukraine has claimed more than 10,000 lives.

The Croatian football federation said it has revoked Vukojevic's team accreditation at the World Cup and relieved him of his duties as an observer for...
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