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World Cup 2018: Croatia Dismisses Assistant Coach Hours Before Semi-final Match

Croatia fired assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic just days before their match against England in the semifinals.

Ognjen Vukojevic, 34, was sacked by the Croatian Football Federation for broadcasting a video in which he dedicated Croatia’s victory to Ukraine. Defender Domagoj Vida also launched “Glory to Ukraine”, a slogan of the revolution that led to the dismissal of Ukrainian pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014 and a crisis in relations between the two countries.

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“The Croatian Football Federation informs the public that Ognjen Vukojevic has been dismissed as assistant coach of the Croatian national team at the decision of the Federation’s leadership, and that he will no longer be a member of the Croatian delegation. at the FIFA World Cup Russia. The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has decided to revoke Vukojevic’s accreditation to the FIFA World Cup and to remove him from his post, “said the Croatian Federation.

“The Croatian federation apologizes to the Russian public for the actions of a member of his watch. Ognjen Vukojevic and Domagoj Vida also apologize for their statements, which were not intended to have political overtones, but unfortunately left the door open for such interpretations, “says the HNS statement.

England and Croatia clash on Wednesday at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.

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