FIFA fines 3 Swiss players for goal celebration gestures

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"The Fifa Disciplinary Committee has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for their goal celebration during the match Switzerland vs. Serbia", Fifa said in a statement sent to journalists on Saturday.

Both players, who are ethnic Albanians and of Kosovar heritage, celebrated with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on Albania's flag.

It has also opened disciplinary proceedings against the Serbian Football Association for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans.

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.

Both players trace their roots to Kosovo, a former province of Serbia where thousands were killed and tens of thousands more chased from their homes during a 1998-1999 conflict between Serbian forces and ethnic Albanian guerillas.

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri received a warning and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs, or about $10,100, for unsporting behavior, in a judgment Monday by FIFA's disciplinary panel.

In 1986, his father was sentenced to three and a half years in a Yugoslav prison for protesting against majority-Serbian rule in Kosovo.




Despite being recognised by UEFA, Serbia does not acknowledge Kosovo as an independent state, with relations between the Balkan nations remaining tense.

Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner risks suspension over a goal celebration during Switzerland's World Cup campaign.

Switzerland needs to win or draw with Costa Rica on Wednesday to be sure of qualifying.

Croatia's FA was fined 13,000 Swiss francs after its fans were involved in fights and throwing of objects during the same game.

Krstajic reacted to the defeat by calling for the match referee, Felix Brych of Germany, to be put on trial in a war crimes tribunal in the Hague for failing to award Serbia a penalty. Russian Federation has long supported Serbia's claim to Kosovo, siding with their fellow Christian Orthodox Slavs against the territory's Albanian Muslim majority.

The build-up to the match had seen exchanges between Serbian players and Shaqiri, who wears boots with the Kosovo flag displayed on one heel and the Swiss one on the other.

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