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W.C: Xhaka, Shaqiri in hot water after controversial celebrations

W.C: Xhaka, Shaqiri in hot water after controversial celebrations

This is seen in Serbia as promoting the idea of a Greater Albania - a project that would see Albania's borders expanded to include parts of Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Greece.

The duo could miss Switzerland's crucial last Group E encounter against Costa Rica in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday (June 27) as the alleged offence carries an automatic two-match ban under FIFA's disciplinary rules.

The players are both ethnic Albanian and celebrated their strikes in the match against Serbia by making the controversial sign in apparent reference to the eagle symbol on the Albanian flag.

Gillieron said he expected a quick decision from FIFA's judicial body, and the country could be proud of a team which has four points from two games. However, its independence remains a contentious political issue, as it has not been recognized by an array of countries, including Serbia and Russian Federation.

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.

Coach Mladen Krstajic and federation president Slavisa Kokeza were each fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,060) and warned by FIFA for "unsporting behavior due to statements made" about the referee.

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

The Serbian media called Shaqiri's goal gesture "shameful provocation".

Xhaka's parents are originally from Kosovo, of Albanian heritage, and his father spent time in prison in Yugoslavia for his support of Kosovan independence.

The players denied that their celebration was political.

"In football, you have always emotions". It's important to be a fan and to give respect. "It's not more. I think we don't have to speak about this now". Shaqiri had posted a photograph on Instagram of his playing boots, one with a Switzerland flag on the heel and the other with a Kosovo flag.

FIFA said that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Football Association of Serbia in relation to the behaviour of some supporters.

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