Switzerland, Serbia & the double eagle celebration
It’s been over two months since this issue flared up.
During the 2018 World Cup, Switzerland recorded a memorable 2-1 win over Serbia.
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri were fined after the Serbia game.
That’s because both players displayed political celebrations in the game.
Both Xhaka and Shaqiri, plus Arsenal’s Stephan Lichtsteiner, all performed the same gesture in the match.
The two-headed eagle is the symbol on Albania’s national flag.
Arsenal’s Xhaka & Liverpool’s Shaqiri say sorry
The Swiss national team have now regrouped for the international break.
In a bold move on Tuesday, the Swiss held an unusual press conference with several star players from the national team.
Arsenal’s Xhaka and Lichtsteiner were there, as was Liverpool’s Shaqiri.
In an effort to draw a line under the whole double-eagle goal celebration debacle, the players have apologised in public.
After their Albanian Eagle celebration in the match against Serbia, Switzerland’s Xhaka and Shaqiri were fined by FIFA. But Albanian and Kosovar fans are raising money to pay their fine pic.twitter.com/CsueEYehgB
— TRT World (@trtworld) June 30, 2018
Shaqiri’s limited apology
Lichtsteiner, the Swiss international captain, said “we did not want to step on anyone’s feet. We apologise for what we have caused.”
As for Xhaka, he said “I would be stupid if I would do it again”.
However Liverpool’s Shaqiri only offered the following limited apology. He said, “sure, I apologise if people feel attacked.”
Deux mois après la Coupe du monde de football, les joueurs suisses Xhaka, Shaqiri et Lichtsteiner se sont excusés publiquement pour le geste de l’aigle bicéphale lors du match contre la Serbie. pic.twitter.com/ZVWvPV1VsY
— RTSinfo (@RTSinfo) September 4, 2018