Canadian goalkeeper’s banner becomes target of FIFA investigation

Milan Borjan is of Serbian descent and ended up making fun of Croatian fans during the match between the two teams in Qatar.

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Credit: Milan Borjan

Despite Fifa’s efforts to avoid political protests during the World Cup, fans continue to demonstrate. Now, the entity has announced that it will investigate the banners that appeared in the stands during the game between Canada and Croatia.

The victim was goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who became a Canadian citizen, but of Serbian origin, even playing for Red Star, one of the main Serbian teams. And the reason has historical and political reasons in the region.

The athlete is of Serbian origin, but was born in the Croatian town of Knin, one of the regions involved in the war that hit the countries of the region after the end of the former Yugoslavia. With this, the goalkeeper’s family moved to Canada in 1995.

For this reason, Croatian fans brought a flag of a tractor company (an allusion to families who fled the region using this means of transport) to the Khalifa International stadium with the words “Knin 1995 – Nothing works like Borjan “, in addition to chanting “Vukovar, Vukovar”, which had a battle of the same name.

These actions have led to a series of complaints from Serbia and FIFA has decided to act and will investigate the case involving goalkeeper Milan Borjan and Croatian fans.

Milan Borjan has a history in Argentina

Milan Borjan’s story also includes a curious passage through South America. At the age of 14, the goalkeeper moved to Argentina and played for Boca Junior and River Plate youth teams, but without much success.

However, his professional career began in the country of Buenos Aires, but in a more modest team. The first contract signed was with Quilmes, a small team and where he stayed only a few months.

After leaving the Argentina team, Milan Borjan traveled to Serbia where he signed a contract with FK Rad. At this time, he was called up for the first time to defend the Canadian national team.

After spending time with clubs in Turkey, Sivasspor and Ludogrets, the goalkeeper returned to Serbia to defend Red Star, one of the most traditional clubs in the country and where he currently plays.

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