Xhaka and Shaqiri fined $10000 for 'Unsporting Behavior'

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In the second half, the Swiss came out with renewed goal and were rewarded with the equaliser from a thunderous strike by Granit Xhaka.

Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in the World Cup Group E showdown in Kaliningrad thanks to two second-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri after they trailed at halftime in one of the most thrilling matches so far in Russian Federation 2018.

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri were fined £7,600 for making hand gesture to mimic the Albanian national symbol, an eagle. Shaqiri also had Kosovo flag on his right heel.

"Oh! Double eagle. I don't know what relation Xhaka and Shaqiri have with the commune of Wittnau in Aargau have but it's really nice they are celebrating their commune!".

The Football Association are thought to be contemplating writing to FIFA to formally complain about the pair's 'political celebrations'.

The celebration has brought political tensions in the Balkans on to the World Cup stage.

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka reacts after the World Cup Group E match with Serbia in Kaliningrad June 22, 2018.

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Meanwhile, papers in Kosovo praised the "extraordinary performance" of the two players.

If found guilty, the duo will miss the tie against Costa Rica and their round 16 match should they qualify.

Xhaka, Shaqiri and Lichtsteiner would likely have been shown a yellow card at the time for their celebrations.

"It was good. Why not?"

"It would be a hammerblow if they were to be suspended", he said.

"The war between them was so hard". This is more than football because they have this period, this war that gave them both big problems.

Xhaka also said his celebration was an emotional one and not political: "Frankly, my opponents did not interest me at all. It's not more. I think we don't have to speak about this now".

"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.

As the game entered the 90th minute with the score deadlocked at 1-1 it looked as if Switzerland and not Serbia would end the night in the danger zone.

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