The Ukraine Football Federation has offered to pay a fine imposed on a Croatia official for making a pro-Ukraine video at the World Cup.
Football’s international governing body has fined Ognjen Vukojevic 15,000 Swiss francs (15,150 US dollars) for “unsporting behaviour” after he and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida recorded a video including the phrase “glory to Ukraine” after the team beat host nation Russia in the World Cup quarter-finals.
The video angered some Russian fans, but was welcomed in Ukraine, where both Vida and Vukojevic formerly played for Dynamo Kiev.
Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and political tensions remain high.
UFF president Andriy Pavelko, wearing a Croatia shirt and scarf, told Ukrainian broadcaster 112 he and other members of the UFF management offered to pay the fine and help Vukojevic with legal costs if he wants to appeal the ruling.
The Croatia football federation has already removed Vukojevic from its World Cup delegation.
Vida was let off with an official warning and no match sanction, leaving him available to play in Wednesday’s (11th July) World Cup semi-final against England.