Federation Internationale de Football Association open inquiry into Switzerland captain, Serbia coach

Federation Internationale de Football Association open inquiry into Switzerland captain, Serbia coach

Federation Internationale de Football Association open inquiry into Switzerland captain, Serbia coach

The countries now called Kosovo and Serbia have been in conflict for centuries, but tensions were especially high in the late 1980s under Yugoslavia president Slobodan Milosevic.

According to the reports, FIFA will check their actions for consistency with the Article 54 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code "Provoking the general public".

Xhaka and Shaqiri, who have ethnic Albanian heritage but grew up in Switzerland, put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched to represent the double-headed eagle displayed on Albania's national flag. Serbia does not recognize that independence.

Serbia has refused to recognize Kosovo's independence, which was won after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervened militarily in 1999, launching airstrikes against Serb forces battling separatists in the province and bombing targets as far away as the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

Serbian coach Mladen Krstajic and the head of the Football Federation Slavisa Kokeza were each fined 5,000 Swiss francs for "unsporting behavior due to statements made" about the referee, AP reported.

They also have complained that Brych showed four Serbia players yellow cards but only one Swiss player was booked.

Meanwhile, the Serbian papers also slammed what they labelled "shameful provocation" by Shaqiri and Xhaka.

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Switzerland are second in Group E with four points and are set to face Costa Rica in their last group game on Wednesday.

Xhaka was born in Switzerland, but his ethnic-Albanian parents came from the Serbian city of Kursumlija, where his father was jailed by Yugoslavian authorities in the 1980s for participating in anticommunist demonstrations as a student in the Kosovar capital, Pristina.

The players insisted there was nothing to see in their celebrations. "And I think the main thing is that we were not able to finish our opportunities".

"I have no doubt that you can feel patriotic emotions for the land which has taken you in without forgetting your roots", he said.

"It's important to be a fan, and to give respect", he said.

Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic ripped Shaqiri, saying, "If he loves Kosovo so much and decides to flaunt the flag, why did he refuse a chance to play for their team?"

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