Swiss players could face crucial two match ban
The Swiss footballers, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri face a two match ban after their controversial goal celebrations after the team’s win against Serbia on Friday.
In all other respects, the Swiss team performed spectacularly – winning 2-1 with the last goal coming in extra time.
But the two goal scorers – both with Albanian roots – celebrated by making a sign which symbolized the Albanian eagle.
FIFA will investigate the political gesture. Emotions are still strong in the Balkans after a crackdown by Serb forces on the Albanian population in Kosovo in the 1990s.
The World Cup disciplinary code states ‘provoking the general public’ could be punished by a two match ban and a fine of CHF 5,000.
If the players are banned, they will miss the match against Costa Rica on Wednesday. Switzerland must win to secure a place in the play-offs.
And then the first game in the knock outs. Switzerland could be facing either Germany, Mexico or Sweden.