World Cup 2018: How Croatia escaped being punished by FIFA after 2-0 win over Nigeria

July 13, 2018
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FIFA has revealed why Croatia escaped punishment after their first match in the 2018 World Cup against Nigeria.

This is following the incident that occurred during the match against the Super Eagles on June 16.

Croatian fans had displayed the banner of The Ustasha-Croatian Revolutionary Movement during the game at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

FIFA’s Head of Sustainability and Diversity, Federico Addiechi, told TASS News Agency that ”in this case, where a single banner was held by a single supporter, a warning was issued instead of a fine, because officials from the Croatian Football Federation informed us ourselves, after identifying it.

“They didn’t want to hide anything from us, and that is why that sanction was chosen.”

Recall that FIFA had earlier warned central defender Domagoj Vida who chanted political slogans after the national team’s win over Russia in the quarterfinal, while Ognjen Vukojevic, who scouted the Nigeria squad before the World Cup, was fined.

Croatia will face France in the final of the World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

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