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FIFA fined Swiss players for the celebration of goals in the match against Serbia

They marked the goals scored with “provocative” gestures: folding their hands in a symbol from the Albanian flag.

Jared Shakiri during the celebration of the goal. Getty Images

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee fined Switzerland’s soccer players and Kosovar Albanians by origin Granita Jaku and Jerdan Shakiri for 10,000 Swiss francs (8.6 thousand euros) for “unsporting behavior” on the match with Serbia.

Another penalty – in the amount of 5 thousand francs (4,3 thousand euros) – was received by the team captain Stefan Lichtsteiner. FIFA could punish the players, forbidding them to participate in the next two matches of the team. As a result, they avoided the harshest punishment.

Investigation against the Swiss began because of the fact that Jak and Shakiri folded their hands in a symbol similar to an eagle with the flag of Albania during the celebration of the heads. Lichtsteiner showed the same gesture during the match. According to FIFA regulations, the use of political gestures is prohibited. Footballers themselves said that they did not want to provoke anyone and were guided only by emotions.

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