Rakitic backs Djokovic over Croatia support

Rakitic backs Djokovic over Croatia support

Ivan Rakitic.

Novak Djokovic's controversial decision to back Croatia at the World Cup has earned the Serbian tennis star praise from the finalists' midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

With Serbia eliminated earlier in the tournament, former Wimbledon champion Djokovic caused a stir when he said he would support Croatia in their semifinal against England.

Taking a break from preparing for the showdown with France, Barcelona star Rakitic told Djokovic's critics to leave him alone.

"I tip my hat to him, I root for him at Wimbledon. I would like to see him play the final so on Sunday we both have a great day," he said.

"We are human beings and we have to try and put history behind us.

"For me Nole is a fantastic athlete but even more a fantastic person. I wish him all the luck in the world."

Tensions between Serbians and Croats have run high for years and Vladimir Djukanovic, an MP in the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, went on social media to berate Djokovic.

"Only idiots can support Croatia. Aren't you ashamed Novak?" he wrote.

 

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