Xhaka, Shaqiri celebrate their way to Fifa's bad book

FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Swiss players for 'Albanian eagle' celebrations

Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018, in Kaliningrad, Russia.

On Saturday, Fifa confirmed its disciplinary committee had opened proceedings against Xhaka and Shaqiri, adding: "In relation to the same match, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Serbian FA for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans".

"I wouldn't give him either a yellow or red card, I would send him to The Hague", he told reporters Friday, referring to the Netherlands site of the United Nations' International Court of Justice. Serbia doesn't recognize that independence.

"Anyone who provokes the general public during a match will be suspended for two matches", the Federation Internationale de Football Association disciplinary code states.

Xherdan Shaqiri responded by saying "it's just emotion" when he was questioned about the way he celebrated his late victor in Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia.

When asked about his celebration Shaqiri said, 'It's just emotion.

Xhaka, whose father was imprisoned in the former Yugoslavia after protesting for Kosovan independence, celebrated his second-half equaliser by locking his open hands together at the thumbs. "And I think the main thing is that we were not able to finish our opportunities". "I'm very happy to score the goal, that's all".

He joins team-mates Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who are the subject of disciplinary proceedings after making politically-motivated gestures during their celebrations.

"We are not clear how the German referee could have been appointed for the match between Switzerland and Serbia, when it is well known that one of Swiss confederation cantons is a German canton", Serbia said in its statement. Each had scored in Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia, whose crackdown on the Albanian population was ended by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervention in 1999.

Xhaka's brother plays soccer for Albania's national team.

When Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic was questioned about the gestures, he said: "I can only repeat what I already said yesterday - you should never mix politics and football". "You should always show respect". "It's a wonderful atmosphere and a positive experience and that's what football should be about".

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