FIFA Begin Investigation On Croatia, Nigeria Clash

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Croatia vs Nigeria - Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia - June 16, 2018 Croatia's players celebrate after Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal and the first goal for Croatia REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

FIFA, the World Football governing body, has commenced an investigation into the Croatian team and federation as a whole following an incident that took place during their match against Nigeria on June 16.

The display of the banner of the Ustasha during the game at the Kaliningrad Stadium was reported by the British press.

The Ustasha – Croatian Revolutionary Movement- was a Croatian fascist, racist, ultranationalist and terrorist organization between 1929 and 1945 and fought for Croatia’s independence and dissolution of Yugoslavia.

Fifa fined Ognjen Vukojevic as a result of the video in which he described that , “This is a victory for the Dynamo (Kiev) and for Ukraine!”, while Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida was cautioned.

Vukojevic, who scouted the Super Eagles and players before Croatia’s World Cup opener, was relieved of his duties by the Croatian Football Federation HNS and had his accreditation revoked.

An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric helped Croatia to beat Nigeria 2-0.