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10th Jul 2018

‘Belgrade burn’ – Domagoj Vida could face further trouble after second video surfaces

Jack O'Toole

Croatian defender Domagoj Vida could face further trouble after FIFA opened a second investigation into a new video from Vida in which he appears to say ‘Belgrade Burn’.

The Beşiktaş JK centre-back was warned by FIFA earlier this week for appearing in a video alongside assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic in which both men dedicated Croatia’s quarter-final victory to Ukraine.

Ukraine are engaged in a political conflict with Russia that centres over the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea into the Russian Federation, which sparked conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Vida followed that video with a new video in which he appears alongside Croatia coach Ivica Olic to say ‘let’s go to the bar, I pay when I come. Glory to Ukraine, Belgrade is burning, let’s go.’

Belgrade is a bar in Kiev, where Vida spent five years playing for Dynamo Kiev before moving to Beşiktaş earlier this year.

According to Fifa’s disciplinary code, political slogans are banned from the game while Section 54 states that: “Anyone who provokes the general public during a match will be suspended for two matches and sanctioned with a minimum fine of CHF 5,000 (£3,800).”

“Fifa is looking into the matter,” said football’s world governing body who confirmed they would be investigating the matter.

Vukojevic, who was capped 55 times by Croatia between 2007 and 2014, was dismissed by the Croatian Football Federation who relieved him of his duties with immediate effect for his appearance in the first video.

https://youtu.be/cAzLe2JT6E0

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