Defying UEFA sanctions, Latvian fans sing anti-Putin anthem at EURO 2024 qualifying game — video

Latvia vs. Croatia becomes more than a game as fans make a strong statement, unapologetically shaming Putin in infamous chant

Latvian fans at the EURO 2024 game against Croatia on Nov. 19 had a message for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, breaking into the ‘Putin is a pr*ck’ anthem that has been popular at football matches across Europe for a decade.

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Despite falling 2-0 to the visitors, the Latvian fans gleefully sang and danced to the anti-Putin anthem as the first half drew to a close.

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Last month, fans in neighboring Lithuania also broke into the fan favorite song, costing the Lithuanian Football Federation a fine.

The song originated in Ukraine in 2014, shortly after Russia first invaded Crimea and Donbas when fans from Shakhtar Donetsk and Metalist Kharkiv introduced the popular anti-dictator anthem.

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