Switzerland could lose Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for two games after their goal celebrations against Serbia were reported to FIFA.

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri face two match bans for goal celebrations against Serbia

 Both players are of Albanian-Kosovan descent and have made public statements about their heritage in interviews and social media messages.

 Ahead of the match, the Stoke City winger posted an update to Instagram showing off a pair of boots bearing a flag for Kosovo and Switzerland on the back of their foot. Xhaka has spoken out about his father's imprisonment after his family was forced to flee their home and for a new life in Basel, the city where he was born and grew up to play for his local club in the Champions League.

  Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri's celebrations in Switzerland's win over Serbia explained Shaqiri fled Kosovo with his parents at the age of one and was brought up in Switzerland.


The country's two Premier League stars scored the goals to beat Serbia and both celebrated with a winged bird hand gesture, which was interpreted as a sign relating the flag of Albania.

 The gestures were viewed as a provocation by their opponents given the ongoing political tensions in the Balkans. Following the break up of Yugoslavia, Kosovo became a province of Serbia.

 The region declared independence in 2008 but is not recognised by their World Cup rivals. Relations remain tense.

 In September, Kosovo played their first competitive match, drawing 1-1 with Finland in a qualifier for the World Cup 2018. Taulant Xhaka, brother of Granit, is an international footballer for Albania. 

The Serbian football association lodged a formal complaint over Shaqiri and Xhaka's celebrations on Saturday and FIFA later confirmed that the winger, linked with Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, and the Arsenal midfielder would be investigated.

 Secretary general Jovan Surbatovic has raised his grievances to the world governing body over falling foul of regulations against 'provoking the general public' based on "the case of the boots, a question of several controversial flags and the celebration of both goals for Switzerland".

 Gunners fans are saying exactly the same thing about Granit Xhaka If FIFA uphold the complaint then Shaqiri and Xhaka could be banned for up to two games and could miss their third and final group stage game against Costa Rica and the round of 16 if the Swiss progress ahead of Serbia.

 The bans would not affect the availability of either player at club level.

 Xhaka scored the first of Switzerland's two goals to become the first European to find the net with a shot from outside the box at the tournament.

 Shaqiri followed up with the winner late on to increase interest in his availability in the transfer window following Stoke's relegation from the Premier League in May.

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