Serbia 1 – Switzerland 2
The repercussions from Friday night’s thriller at the World Cup were revealed on Saturday evening.
Switzerland claimed an amazing win at the World Cup against Serbia.
The Serbs took a fourth minute lead through Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic. But the Swiss hit back with two stunners in the second half.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka levelled with an amazing shot from distance.
In the final seconds of the match, Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri raced away to score the winner.
Granit Xhaka & Xherdan Shaqiri vs FIFA
There’s now the real possibility that Arsenal’s Xhaka and Stoke’s Shaqiri will be banned.
FIFA have opened an investigation into the behaviour of Xhaka and Shaqiri against Serbia
After the two players scored, they both produced the same goal celebration.
Both the goal scorers are ethnic Albanians and of Kosovo heritage, and celebrated with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on the Albania flag.
Now FIFA are looking into the incident.
In the worst case scenario Xhaka and Shaqiri could both be hit with two match bans at the 2018 World Cup.
Xhaka and Shaqiri grew up in Switzerland because of the Serbian repression in Kosovo, in the 1990s. Today, while they are whistled by serbian supporters they each score a goal and celebrate with the gesture of the Albanian eagle, eliminating (surely soon) Serbia 🇨🇭🇦🇱 pic.twitter.com/U4xDCaYJo5
— AlbanianHistory (@AlbanologyFacts) June 22, 2018
But what about Arsenal’s Stephan Lichtsteiner?
Should Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner also be fearing a FIFA ban?
Many have taken to social media to comment on how Lichtsteiner also produced the eagle goal celebration against the Serbs.
To be clear, Lichtsteiner is the Swiss captain and he’s one of the most Swiss players in the team.
Yet, for some reason, FIFA have not sought to look into Lichtsteiner’s actions.
Why? What’s different with what Lichtsteiner did, compared to Xhaka and Shaqiri?
— Lumir Abdixhiku (@Abdixhiku) June 22, 2018