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Home grief for Djokovic for backing for Croatia

AFP  |  Belgrade 

Serbian star Djokovic has come under fire for voicing support for neighbours at the World Cup, with one centre right lawmaker dubbing his stance "idiotic".

"Only idiots can support Aren't you ashamed ", tweeted of Aleksandar Vucic's ruling

"I am backing .. I know who I would like to lift the trophy," Serbian media quoted Djokovic as saying from

Several weeks before started Djokovic posted pictures of himself with Croatian players including midfield stars and to his account.

When the Croatians faced off against hosts in their quarter-final many Serbs who gathered to watch in cafes in central were backing the Russians rather than their neighbours from the former

Djukanovic, on holiday in Greece, posted a video to in which he indicated that "those who say 'Nole' (Djokovic) has called for support for Croatia make me mad" and called the star an "idiot" for his stance.

"I repeat that all those who supported Croatia against are psychopaths and mad, fit for being locked up in an asylum.

"Djokovic is a national hero and I thank him -- but support Croatia, how can he not be ashamed? So many Serbs from (a region in Croatia where Serbs were once the majority) backed him and yet he supports the country who drove them out..." said Djukanovic.

Vucic meanwhile explained that "I backed as that is my right. is a democratic society and everyone has the right to support whoever he wants."

Croatia's reward for ending Russian hopes is a Wednesday semi-final in against England.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 21:10 IST