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Even before the meeting, you had noticed the rivalries between the teams. There are many players in the Swiss national team who come from the Balkans or have families there. During the war in the 1990s, they often found asylum in neutral Switzerland and continued their lives and careers there. However, they never forgot their origins and had themselves informed during the World Cup.
The first controversy arose in the tunnel of Xherdan Shaqiri. The Stoke City driver wore shoes with Swiss (left) and Kosovo (right) flags. The independence of this other country still does not recognize many countries, including Serbia and Russia, where World Cups are held.
The game started well for the team of Mladen Krstajic. In the fifth minute, Aleksandar Mitrović gave the lead after a spectacular headshot. They brought the Szwajcarzy draw after the break to a draw. Atomic Strike was shown by Grant Xhaka. Shortly thereafter, when he crossed his hands to form an eagle with two heads, the oil added to the fire. It is the symbol of Albania, from which the midfielder from Arsenal comes. Even his brother Taulant plays for the local team.
Moments later, the match slipped out of the hands of Judge Felix Brych. Mitrović was beaten in the penalty area by two competitors. Nevertheless, the referee did not dictate the team.
Shaqiri celebrated the goal of bringing the Swiss to victory. After the hit, he took off his shirt and showed the two-headed eagle. After a moment, Xhaka followed him. Everything in the eyes of the Serbian followers.
According to Art. 54 of the FIFA Disciplinary Repair: "Anyone who provokes the public during the match will be suspended for two matches and fined at least 5,000 Swiss francs".
After the match, the players declared that their gestures were just emotional excitement, no attempt to provoke.
– To be honest, my opponents were not interested in me at all. What I did was a prostration for my compatriots, who always supported me. For those who have not neglected me. For people in my homeland where my parents' roots are. I'm getting carried away by emotions, "Xhaka said cautiously.
The coach of the Swiss, Vladimir Petkovic, was visibly disgusted by the fact that the Sarajevo coach, who was born in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, banned his early start Working with the team to make ambiguous gestures, reminding them not to mix sport and political issues before the meeting, apparently the players did not make it and can now be punished.
– We have an official complaint and one Protests filed with FIFA – said Savo Milosevic, vice-president of the Serbian Football Association
The situation did not go unnoticed: there were riots on the streets in Vienna, where the police had to intervene to bring peace to the Serb demonstrators
] There was also a political vote on this matter.
– It was a wonderful game Albania means More and more in the Balkans – admitted the Kosovo Ambassador in Albania, Syle Ukshini.