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FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against Swiss duo Xhaka, Shaqiri

June 24, 2018 11:48 AM
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Moscow (dpa) - FIFA announced on Saturday it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Switzerland duo Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri after a controversial gesture made during the team's World Cup victory over Serbia. Football's ruling body also started an initial investigation into Serbian coach Mladen Krstajic.

FIFA said the two Swiss players must explain the gestures they both made following their goals in Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia. Both players have Kosovar roots and formed a double-headed eagle with their hands, which resembles the eagle on the Albanian flag. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo as an independent country, which gives the much-discussed gestures a political dimension.

FIFA is also looking into Krstajic for comments he made after the match about referee Felix Brych for some of his questionable decisions. "I would send him to the Hague. Then they could put him on trial, like they did to us," said Krstajic, referring to the war crimes tribunal for the ex-Yugoslavia. There is also a possibility that the Serbian federation can be punished for fan violence in the stands at the match as well as for "political and offensive banners" hung by the fans.


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