Swiss gamers avoid World Cup restriction for ‘double eagle’ celebrations

Swiss gamers avoid World Cup ban for 'double eagle' celebrations

25 June 2018 19:48 CEST +02:00 Switzerland gamers Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner left restrictions on Monday for celebrating goals with a pro-Kosovo double eagle gesture in their World Cup win over Serbia.

Fifa stated Xhaka and Shaqiri would each be fined 10,000 Swiss francs (EUR8,700, $10,000) and Lichtsteiner 5,000 Swiss francs.

Arsenal midfielder Xhaka and Stoke City's Shaqiri trace their roots to Kosovo, a previous province of Serbia where thousands were killed and 10s of thousands more gone after from their homes during a 1998-1999 conflict between Serbian forces and ethnic Albanian guerillas.

The double eagle symbol represents the Albanian flag and is viewed as a symbol of defiance in Kosovo, which declared self-reliance in 2008 in a move that Serbia still chooses not to recognise.

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June 25, 2018 Fifa guidelines restrict political signs in arenas and the 3 playfiers could have been prohibited.

Fifa stated it was imposing the fines "for unsporting behaviour contrary to the principles of fair-play".

Serbian Football Association president Slavisa Kokeza and Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic were each fined 5,000 Swiss francs for remarks they made after the match.

Krstajic told Serbian journalists that German referee Felix Brych need to be tried for war crimes in The Hague for cannot award his team a charge.

The Serbian FA was also fined 54,000 Swiss francs for the behaviour of fans throughout the game-- they showed inequitable banners and messages and threw items.

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