Swiss FA vs Granit Xhaka
Ever since Switzerland exited the World Cup, there has been a feud between the country’s FA and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.
The source of the fall out were comments made by Swiss FA’s Secretary General, Alex Miescher.
After a good run to get out of a group with Brazil, Serbia and Costa Rica, the Swiss were beaten 1-0 by Sweden.
The Swiss weren’t great in their Sweden exit. And that lead to criticism back home about the national team.
Miescher questioned whether the Swiss national team should have players with dual nationalities.
Of course this is a highly charged political issue touching on immigration and the Swiss social fabric.
Miescher said “do we want dual nationalities?” when discussing the Swiss performance after Russia.
Granit Xhaka is ‘just’ Swiss
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka stepped up to challenge Miescher’s comments.
The Gunners star claimed that Miescher’s comments came from the “Stone Age”.
SFV President Peter Gillieron has since apologised for what Miescher said. He told the public that comments were “discredited”.
However the big news from Swiss paper Blick on Sunday is that the Swiss FA don’t even know what Granit Xhaka’s nationality is.
Most have assumed that Xhaka is both Swiss and Kosovan. But that’s not true.
The Arsenal midfielder is only Swiss. Xhaka has never held an Albanian passport, as confirmed to Blick by Xkaha’s lawyer Andre Gross.
Blick claim the Swiss FA made their mistake as Xhaka is eligible to play for Kosovo.
The underlying message behind Blick’s update on Xhaka is that the country’s FA isn’t even clued up on the basics of their star players.