Danijel Subasic has been warned by Fifa for paying tribute to a dead friend after his penalty heroics saw Croatia past Denmark in the World Cup last 16.
Monaco keeper Subasic, 33, saved three spot-kicks in the shoot-out but came under fire for his post-match undershirt, which he wore in memory of friend Hrvoje Custic.
Custic, a former teammate of Subasic’s at their hometown club Zadar, died in 2008 following injuries he suffered during a game.
The midfielder lost his life aged just 24 after he fell into a concrete wall surrounding the pitch.
Subasic’s tribute involved lifting his keeper top to reveal a picture of Custic with ‘FOREVER’ above it and ’24’ underneath. But Fifa have warned him not to show the shirt again, as it could breach their strict rules.
Fifa’s statement read: “A warning has been issued for such violation as well as for the infringement of the FIFA Equipment regulations due to the display of a personal message by the player Danijel Subasic after the end of the said match.”
Subasic broke down in a press conference following the game on Tuesday when he was asked about Custic.
Fighting back tears, he said:-
“That’s what happens. What happens to him you don’t know the story. “I don’t think from my side there is need for extra explanation on that question.” Subasic was consoled by defender Domagoj Vida as he burst into tears when talking about Custic in a press conference