FIFA World Cup 2018: Swiss Internationals escape bans after political goal celebrations


Switzerland Internationals, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri have escaped bans after their controversial celebrations against Serbia last Friday. 
They could have received a two-match ban from FIFA if FIFA had decided that their celebrations had broken rules on political sentiments.





Both of them scored in the Group E match last week and celebrated by putting their hands together to form a double-headed eagle like the one on the Albanian National Flag. This nationalist symbol risked inflaming tensions in the Balkans among Serbians. Tensions remain high between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo. Kosovo’s Albanian-majority political institutions declared independence in 2008 but, a decade on, the territory is still not recognised by Serbia.

Shaqiri was born in Kosovo and Xhaka was born to Albanian parents from Kosovo. His brother Taulant Xhaka plays for Albania.

FIFA confirmed on Monday that both of the players were fined 10,000 Swiss francs and Stephan Lichtsteiner was fined 5,000 Swiss francs with all three given warnings.

Here are the celebrations for which the Swiss internationals got fined.

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