Switzerland's Xhaka and Shaqiri escape World Cup bans

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.
2 comments about "Switzerland's Xhaka and Shaqiri escape World Cup bans".
  1. Ronnie L, June 25, 2018 at 8:56 p.m.

    That's complete BS. So you can't represent your roots at the World Cup???? Does FIFA know what Albanians went through back in the days and how many hundreds of thousands of people died by the Serbs?!??

  2. John Soares, June 25, 2018 at 9:31 p.m.

    Ronnie I kinda agree, but, carefull what you ask for. What if someone feels his roots are, to use an extreme, a swaztika.

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