Fifa shame read the headline in one Serbian tabloid this week. Fifa humiliates us cried another. It is fair to say there has been some consternation in Serbia, after the news that Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka will be allowed to play in Switzerlands final group game against Costa Rica.

After the pair, with Kosovar‑Albanian roots, celebrated their goals in the win against Serbia on Friday by making an eagle shape with their hands, controversy ensued and recriminations and suspensions were expected.
The gesture is associated with Albanian nationalists, so given the dim view usually taken about such things it was a mild surprise when Fifa opted only to fine the pair. Shaqiris and Xhakas pockets are lighter by 10,000 Swiss francs (about £7,600) each, while Stephan Lichtsteiner must stump up 5,000 Bismack Biyombo Womens Jersey francs for joining in with their celebrations.
The irritation comes not only because the two players, perceived to be provoking their opponents, received a slap on the wrist but because the Serbian Football Association was fined 54,000 francs for banners held up among their fans. Given that some fans wore jumpers depicting the convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic, they might not have an especially steady leg to stand on.
I cant discuss the gesture, I am afraid, Shaqiri said after the game. We are footballers, not politicians. Which is pretty disingenuous, at best: neither man made the gesture because they think eagles are cool; nor was it a coincidence that they did so against Serbia. They made their point, which is fair enough, but to later claim they were not being political does insult the intelligence rather.
It was even more difficult to deny a political element when the Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama, launched a fund called Dont Be Afraid Of The Eagle, designed to help pay Xhakas and Shaqiris fines. The eagle sign like a high-five or a thumbs-up is one of celebration among Albanians, a.k.a. from the Land of Eagles! Rama wrote on Facebook. Whether a singer like
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We talked about it, the next day, said Switzerlands vice-captain, Valon Behrami, when asked what impact the then potential suspensions had on the squad. We were joking around a little bit. Of course, we are happy nobody was suspended but its not really appropriate to talk about it now, because we have to think about playing football. It wont happen in the future, because there wont be another game like this [against Serbia]. Maybe it will happen with their clubs, but not in the World Cup.
As far as Switzerland are concerned, the pairs availability for the Costa Rica encounter on Wednesday is the most important thing. They know a win would guarantee qualification but equally that they could lose and go through, assuming Serbia are beaten by Brazil. If Switzerland lose and Serbia draw, they will be level on four points and it starts to get complicated.
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If Shaqiri were playing in those days we would have little choice but to think of him as one of the worlds great talents. He got a hat-trick in the 2014 World Cup, scored that phenomenal overhead kick against Poland at Euro 2016, and against Serbia produced a matchwinner of delicious delicacy. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping