Xhaka and Shaqiri pays tribute to roots in their goal celebration

26 Juin, 2018, 03:47 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Granit Xhaka Switzerland Serbia World Cup 2018

The scoreline remained 1-0 through the first half: while the Swiss struggled to infuse rhythm into their attack, they worked their socks off in defence, so as to stop the Serbs from doubling their lead.

Both Xhaka and Shaqiri celebrated their goals by referencing Albania's symbolic double-headed eagle with their hands.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has opened disciplinary proceedings against Switzerland's Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri following their controversial goal celebrations in the 2-1 win over Serbia on Friday.

To add some context for you, both Xhaka and Shaqiri were born in Albanian-speaking Kosovo.

Shaqiri's flag - he also wears a Swiss one on his left boot - has been perceived as provocation with Kosovo declaring independence from Serbia 10 years ago - which Serbia has refused to recognise.

A preliminary investigation was opened against Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic for alleged statements made post-match.

FIFA's disciplinary committee opened proceedings against the two for the politically charged goal celebrations.

"I am happy to score this goal".

Having looked tentative in the final third all game, Switzerland were anything but after 52 minutes when Shaqiri's shot rebounded back to Xhaka and the midfielder let fly from 25 yards, bulging the far corner of the net with a curling drive.

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Serbia were furious when Brych failed to award a spot-kick in the 66th minute after Aleksandar Mitrovic was wrestled to the ground in the penalty area by Swiss defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schaer.

"You should never mix politics and football".

"I honestly feel completely depleted", Petkovic said.

Stoke City player Shaqiri also played in boots featuring both the Swiss and Kosovan flags.

"It's just emotion", he said about his celebration.

After the game, midfielder Xhaka posted a picture of his celebration on his officials Facebook page, but told the press "frankly, my opponents did not interest me at all". Particularly when it's between Balkan nations, or players like Shaqiri and Xhaka who identify with their Balkan roots despite their European nationalities. I am a man of sports and this is what I am going to stay.

Head coach Vladimir Petkovic could name the same side that drew 1-1 with Brazil, with Haris Seferovic continuing as a lone forward. "Then they could put him on trial, like they did to us". "In football, you have always emotions".

"It was a wonderful atmosphere and that's what support should be about".

It means Switzerland are in a great position to qualify for the Round of 16 as they are now on four points and their final game is against the already eliminated Costa Rica.

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