July 12, 2018 / 2:28 PM / 9 months ago

Russia's foreign ministry condemns Croatian player's 'Glory to Ukraine!' comment

Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 Croatia's Domagoj Vida celebrates after the match REUTERS/Carl Recine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday a video by Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, where the player says “Glory to Ukraine!”, was “not clever” and that soccer and politics should not mix.

Speaking after Croatia’s victory in a semi-final match against England on Wednesday, Vida apologised for the video, describing it as a “mistake”.

In an earlier statement, the former player with Ukrainian team Dynamo Kiev said the message in the video was not meant to be political.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Polina Ivanova

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