Swiss Trio Escape FIFA Ban With Fine For Controversial Goal Celebrations

The Switzerland trio of Granit Xhaka, Xerdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner have escaped FIFA hammer after they were involved in controversial goal celebrations during their 2-1 win over Serbia in a Russia 2018 World Cup Group E clash on Friday night.

Xhaka and Shaqiri were both on the scoresheet as they helped their side record the first win at the tournament.

FIFA had earlier opened investigation after the three England-based players made hand gestures of an Albanian national symbol to celebrate the goals against Serbia.

Xhaka and Shaqiri have now been given a warning in addition to a fine of around £7,500 for unsporting behavior.

Newly signed Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner was also warned and fined to the tune of £4,000.

The players could have been banned for two games each if their actions were deemed to have provoked the general public.

Xhaka and Shaqiri have ethnic Albanian heritage linked to a former Serbian province, Kosovo.

Kosovo declared independence in 2008 though it’s not recognised by FIFA.