Federation Internationale de Football Association open inquiry into Switzerland captain, Serbia coach


The players put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched to make what looks like the double-headed eagle displayed on the Albanian flag.

Shaqiri - whose 90th-minute victor sparked wild scenes of celebration - was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008.

Both players are ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, where a Serbian crackdown on the Albanian population only ended with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military intervention in 1999.

New Arsenal signing and Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner was also fined £3,700 for his part in the goal celebrations, which saw their side leapfrog Group E rivals Serbia into second place after two matches.

The Swiss overturned a 1-0 deficit to provide the 2018 World Cup with its first comeback win of the tournament, with Xhaka's thunderbolt from outside of the box tying things up, and a late counter seeing Shaqiri seal it the win at the death following Aleksandar Mitrovic's opener.

According to an official statement, Federation Internationale de Football Association has launched an investigation into Lichtsteiner's behavior when he was celebrating one of his side's goals, while Kokeza and Krstajic are being scrutinized due to their remarks after the match, which may have been inappropriate.

Despite being recognised by UEFA, Serbia does not acknowledge Kosovo as an independent state, with relations between the Balkan nations remaining tense.

"You should never mix politics and football".

At the stroke of full time, Shakiri scored Switzerland's victor from a swift counter-attack, then the Stoke City midfielder celebrated by crossing his fingers.

Xhaka and Shaqiri's behaviour divided opinions in Switzerland with some politicians defending them and others saying they felt their goals were scored by Kosovo rather than Switzerland.

"It's good to be a fan and important to show respect", Petkovic said.

Serbia escalated the dispute by questioning not just Brych's performance, but the fact that he was appointed to handle the match at all.

"It may be annoying but we have to accept it", Gillieron said of the case.

He added: "We're in a situation where we need a win against Brazil and we will focus and do whatever we can to try to win".

Switzerland face Costa Rica in their final Group E fixture on Wednesday requiring a point to qualify for the last 16.