Russia: Croatian manager dodges question on nationalist Ukrainian slogan after Russia win

SOT, journalist: [inaudible] SOT, Croatian national team translator: «I'm sure the coach agrees with this statement of the Federation, and with Vida's words.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Croatian national team manager Zlatko Dalic refused to comment on the pro-Ukraine celebrations of some of his players after they beat Russia in the quarter-finals, at a press conference in Moscow on Sunday... Еще. After the match, Croatian players Domagoj Vida and Ognjen Vukojevic published a video on social media where they dedicated the win to Ukraine, uttering «Glory to Ukraine,» which is reportedly a Ukrainian army and nationalist slogan. When asked of this at the press conference, Dalic handed over the question to his translator, who said: «It's not a political message. We understand FIFA's position, we understand the way some media interpreted it differently, but they just wanted to say 'thanks' to the people, to their friends in Ukraine, because they spent a number of years of their careers in Ukraine.» «Both of them [Vida and Ognjen Vukojevic] have friends in Russia, just as well, they speak Russian well, they feel great in Russia, and we really don't want to make any kind of a story behind this,» the translator concluded. Earlier on Sunday, FIFA announced that Vida and Vukojevic would be given just a warning. Croatia will meet England in the World Cup semifinals in Moscow on July 11.

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