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Swiss players could face crucial two match ban

National News // June 25, 2018

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.

jit bag Swiss players could face crucial two match ban

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.

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