FIFA fined Switzerland stars Granit Xhaka
and Xherdan Shaqiri
and issued them warnings, but they escaped bans over their "double-eagle" goal celebrations in Friday's 2-1 win over Serbia
at the World Cup.
Both players are ethnic Albanians of Kosovar heritage, and they celebrated their goals with a gesture that appeared imitated the eagle on Albania’s flag. Serbia
refuses to recognize Kosovo, whose 1.8 million people are mostly ethnic Albanians.
Xhaka and Shaqiri were each fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,127) for “unsporting behavior contrary
to the principles of fair-play” and warned, while Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner
, who joined in with the celebrations, was fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,064) and given a warning.
The Serbian federation was fined 54,000 Swiss francs ($54,702) and warned for a “display of discriminatory banners and messages” by fans, while its president Slavisa Kokeza
and national team coach Mladen Krstajic
were fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,064) each and warned for comments they made after the game.