The President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, traveled for the world cup in the economy class like an ordinary fan, and didn’t watch the match from V.I.P section.
Grabar-Kitarovic flew economy class to Russia on July 1 and even featured in a joint picture with other passengers onboard the scheduled flight. She stressed her desire to demonstrate that she is a football fan “like everyone else.”
The Croatian president arrived just on time for her team’s clash against Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod. Grabar-Kitarovic had earlier received her fan ID for the World Cup 2018 and watched the game not from a luxury stadium suite, but from the stands together with other ordinary football enthusiasts.
“I wanted to showcase that I am a football fan, like everyone else; I wanted to support the team among other fans in the stands.
I put on a shirt with national symbols, whereas the dress code in the VIP zone, which usually presupposes long gowns, wouldn’t have permitted such an outfit.”
After the final whistle, which signaled Croatia’s win over Denmark, she entered the team’s changing room to give them a heartfelt hug. She congratulated the footballers and the lead coach on their triumph.