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Swiss trio fined by Fifa over political goal celebrations

 

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner have been fined by Fifa over their celebrations in the 2-1 World Cup Group E win over Serbia last Friday.

A statement from Fifa yesterday said Xhaka and Shaqiri had been fined £7,632 each and Lichtsteiner £3,816, with all three also given warnings, having "infringed the Fifa disciplinary code for unsporting behaviour contrary to the principles of fair play."

Xhaka and Shaqiri, who scored Switzerland's goals in the victory, celebrated by putting their hands together to form a double-headed eagle similar to the one on the Albanian flag.

This nationalist symbol risked inflaming tensions in the Balkans among Serbians - who do not recognise Kosovo's independence - and ethnic Albanians. Lichtsteiner also joined in.

Winger Shaqiri was born in Kosovo and midfielder Xhaka was born to Albanian parents who were originally from Serbia.

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