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Swiss' political celebrations are in the past, says Behrami

By Alex Williams

There will be no more politically charged celebrations from Switzerland at the World Cup, midfielder Valon Behrami said after team mates Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri escaped bans following last Friday's victory over Serbia.

But that is only because Switzerland are unlikely to face Serbia again in the tournament.

"It won't happen in the future again because there won't be a game like this again. For us now it is case closed," Behrami said yesterday as Switzerland prepared to take on Costa Rica in their last Group E match today.

The Swiss need a draw at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Xhaka and Shaqiri were fined $10,000 each and warned by Fifa over their goal celebrations during Friday's 2-1 win.

The two players, ethnic Albanians and of Kosovar heritage, celebrated their strikes with a gesture appearing to imitate the eagle on Albania's flag. Serbia refuses to recognise the independence of its former province Kosovo.

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