World Cup players fined $10,000 for making hand gestures during game

World Cup players fined $10,000 for making hand gestures during game

World Cup players fined $10,000 for making hand gestures during game

On the same day, Federation Internationale de Football Association fined the Serbian FA CHF54,000 (US$54,700) after fans displayed discriminatory banners and threw objects during the game against Switzerland.

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

Two Swiss government ministers have backed national team players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri after their controversial goal celebrations in Friday's 2-1 World Cup win over Serbia.

Stoke City's Shaqiri was born in Kosovo and the Arsenal midfielder Xhaka was born to Albanian parents who were from Serbia.

"In relation to the same match, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Serbian FA for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans", it said in a statement (via the BBC).

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.

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A strict reading of FIFA's rules suggests the key trio in Switzerland's starting lineup could be ruled out until the quarterfinals. Or FIFA could be more lenient and simply impose fines.

Under article 54 of the governing body's disciplinary code, "anyone who provokes the general public during a match will be suspended for two matches and sanctioned with a minimum fine of 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,800)". Xhaka's father Ragip moved to Switzerland in the 1990s to escape the war in Kosovo, while the Arsenal midfielder's younger brother Taulant is an Albanian global. Both men have roots in Kosovo, a former province of Serbia that declared independence in 2008.

"At this World Cup, VAR has been used in all matches and its advantages have been applied to numerous disputable situations", the Serbia FA statement said.

"We have always displayed pride as a defence mechanism, not really as something to poke into somebody's eye", said Ely Lokku, an ethnic Albanian originally from Macedonia who now lives in Toronto. "I think on and off the pitch we need to steer away from politics in football and we should focus on this as a sport that brings people together".

Petkovic, whose side came from behind to draw 1-1 with Brazil on Sunday, said: "What is important is we have developed a winning mentality".

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