Why are Russia fans booing Croatia defender Domagoj Vida and supporting England in the World Cup semi-final?

The Sun 6 days ago

RUSSIAN fans snapped up semi-final tickets after their side's fantastic run to the last eight.

And despite crashing out, there are thousands in the Luzhniki Stadium to watch the Croatia side that beat them on penalties take on England.

 Vida celebrates his injury time goal against Russia

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Vida celebrates his injury time goal against Russia

Why are Russia fans booing Croatian defender Domagoj Vida?

YOU may have noticed that pony-tailed star Vida is getting a hard time from the Moscow terraces.

This is because of two widely-distributed videos that show the defender making pro-Ukrainian comments.

The first of these videos was posted online by Croatian coach Ognjen Vukojevic, who has since been sacked by the national team.

 The Croatian formerly played for Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev

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The Croatian formerly played for Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev

Fifa bans political statements - and they've been forced to act again after another video was leaked shortly afterwards.

Vida is heard saying 'Glory to Ukraine', which has been used a phrase by politicians in Russia who disagree with the Kremlin's foreign policy in the country.

Vitaly Shevchenko told the BBC: "The chant - and the response to it, 'Glory to Heroes' - honours fighters against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and those who were earlier involved in an uprising against pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych."

 Pro-Ukraine supporters have backed the Croatian

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Pro-Ukraine supporters have backed the Croatian

Vida, who used to play in Ukraine for Dynamo Kiev, allegedly adds 'Belgrade burn' in the second clip.

Until the clip of the Croatia defender surfaced, the World Cup had passed with only one political hiccup.

Swiss trio Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner were fined for making Albanian double-headed eagle celebrations against Serbia.

Despite the videos, Fifa cleared the Croatian to play against England.


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