Albanian footballers by origin folded their hands in the symbol of the flag of Albania. But later they said that they did not want to provoke anyone.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee opened an investigation into the football players of Switzerland’s Granita Jaka and Jerjan Shakiri – Kosovo Albanians by descent. The occasion was the celebration of their goals, scored by the national team of Serbia at the World Cup in Russia.
In the match on June 22 in Kaliningrad, Switzerland defeated Serbia – 2: 1. At the 52nd minute, Jacques, celebrating the goal (then Switzerland equalized), folded his palms with spread fingers, which many perceived as a symbol of the wings of the double-headed eagle with the flag of Albania. In the same way, Shakiri noted his goal in the 90th minute. Fans of Serbia booed the players of the opposing team.
Given the opponent, the Swiss were suspected of using political gestures. However, Jak and Shakiri after the match explained that they did not make any political sense, were guided only by emotions and addressed gestures exclusively to their close ones.
Serbia does not recognize the independence of Kosovo. The republic proclaimed it in 2008, after a lengthy conflict and NATO military operation in the region.