Switzerland trio escape bans for Albanian eagle salutes


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However, Shaqiri and Xhaka caused a bit of controversy with their goal celebrations that is believed to similar to the eagle flag of Albania, which could cause political tensions in the Balkans.

The two goal scorers in the pivotal win against Serbia last Friday, could find themselves banned from playing in the next two world cup matches.

Serbia and Albania have an intense history and both players grew up as refugees in Switzerland after Serbian repression forced them to leave Kosovo.

His father was a political prisoner following the 1986 student demonstrations in Yugoslavia against the communist government in Belgrade.

A statement from FIFA said its disciplinary committee had fined Xhaka and Shaqiri 10,000 Swiss francs (£7,632) each and Lichtsteiner 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,816), with all three also being given warnings, having "infringed art. 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for unsporting behaviour contrary to the principles of fair-play" with their celebrations.

Federation Internationale de Football Association have since notified the players that they will be opening disciplinary proceedings against them under Article 54 of their disciplinary code, which states that any player who provokes the general public during a match will be suspended for two matches and pay a fine of 500 Swiss francs (£3,800).

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The fifth goal came shortly before half time, when a catalogue of fouls in the box could have earned England their second penalty. The margin of victory for England topped 3-0 wins over Poland and Paraguay in Mexico in 1986, and against Denmark in 2002.

Stoke midfielder Shaqiri was asked about his celebration after the game, and put it down to pure emotion in the moment. I'm very happy to score this goal.

Serbia does not recognise Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense in the wake of a war in the late 1990s.

"I just said how I felt about this, and that is the referee has severely damaged us in various parts of the game", Tadic said.

Xhaka and Shaqiri are of Kosovar heritage and their celebrations greatly angered Serbia's FA, with their president condemning and claiming a "brutal robbery" had denied the Balkan side of a win last week .

Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic after the match reproached the players, saying that soccer and politics should "never mix".

"Anyone who experience the electric atmosphere of the game can appreciate more the performance of our national team and can understand the emotions which overcome a player", Defence, Civil Protection and Sports minister Guy Parmelin told the Neue Zurcher Zeitung (NZZ).

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