FIFA Fines Swiss Players and Serbia For Unsporting Behaviour

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Two Swiss government ministers have backed national team players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri after their controversial goal celebrations in Friday's 2-1 World Cup win over Serbia.

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".

Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner was warned and fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,050).

Federation Internationale de Football Association also punished Slavisa Kokeza, Serbia FA president, and coach Mladen Krstajic in relation to comments they made on the goal celebrations after the match.

But the pro-Kosovo "double eagle" gesture flashed by Swiss goal-scorers Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri shows that honouring another nation after the ball crosses the line can ruffle some feathers.

Under article 54 of the governing body's disciplinary code, "anyone who provokes the general public during a match will be suspended for two matches and sanctioned with a minimum fine of 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,800)".

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But potential anger at the provocative hand gestures was far outweighed by Serb indignation at Brych's failure to consult the VAR system.

All three players are free to face Costa Rica in Group E on Wednesday when Switzerland need a draw to progress to the round of 16. "I'd like to see that again. presumably Xhaka was not unhappy at not having scored against Albania", he said.

"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. Shaqiri was more terse: "I do not play politics, I play football", he said.

"In football, you have always emotions".

Shaqiri was born in Kosovo and plays with the Kosovan flag stitched into his boots.