Federation Internationale de Football Association investigates Swiss players' pro-Kosovo World Cup celebrations

Federation Internationale de Football Association investigates Swiss players' pro-Kosovo World Cup celebrations

Federation Internationale de Football Association investigates Swiss players' pro-Kosovo World Cup celebrations

Xhaka, Shaqiri and Lichtsteiner - three of Switzerland's best players - could each face a two-game ban if their celebrations are ruled political acts, and that could force them out of their group-stage finale against Costa Rica tomorrow.

Xhaka also said his celebration was an emotional one and not political: "Frankly, my opponents did not interest me at all".

The head of the Swiss Olympic Committee Jurg Stahl, also an SVP member, called Xhaka and Shaqiri's celebrations "inappropriate".

Shaqiri was born in Kosovo (and played with a Kosovan flag on his boots) while Xhaka was born to Albanian parents who were originally from Serbia.

"If you attended the game and experienced the charged atmosphere, you really appreciate the achievement of the Swiss national team and can understand that emotions can run riot with a player", said Parmelin, who was present in the stadium for the Swiss 2-1 victory.

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka celebrates with the controversial symbol after scoring a goal against Serbia.

Xhaka backed Kosovo's ultimately successful campaign for Federation Internationale de Football Association membership and at one point contemplated playing for their before pledging his allegiance to Switzerland.

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"I think we all together need to steer away from politics in football and we should focus on this sport as a handsome game and something that brings people together".

Swiss national team delegate Claudio Sulser said of the fines: "We take note of the decision and are happy that we can now focus exclusively on football". "It was a provocation, we were playing against Switzerland, not Kosovo", official Jovan Surbatovic said.

The Serbian football association had also reportedly complained to FIFA before the game about the Kosovo flag that adorned one of Shaqiri's boots. Shaqiri was born in Kosovo and his family fled to Switzerland as refugees. The gesture was for everyone who has supported me, it was not aimed at our opponents.

The players were thought to be facing a two-match ban, as well as a fine.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci tweeted his congratulations to the two scorers and the entire Swiss team on a "well-deserved win. They (players) used to be Kosovo Albanian refugees", he said on Twitter.

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.

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