Watch Granit Xhaka’s Thunderbolt Goal Against Serbia

Watch Granit Xhaka’s Thunderbolt Goal Against Serbia

Both players celebrated their goals by crossing their hands to form a double-headed eagle similar to the image on the Albanian flag, a gesture perceived to be politically-motivated.

But the Swiss take on Costa Rica, already eliminated from the tournament in their final group game, while Serbia face the daunting task of having to beat Brazil.

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka celebrates with the controversial symbol after scoring a goal against Serbia.

Federation Internationale de Football Association warned and fined the two players on the Swiss team for unsporting behaviour after they celebrated their goals at a Friday game against Serbia with the hand signals.

Both players defended the celebrations as spontaneous and personal outpourings at moments of high-emotion, which may seem plausible given their opponent in Friday's match. "One can feel patriotic emotions towards the nation that one has chosen, without forgetting his homeland of origin", said Cassis, who only became Swiss at age 15 and gave up his Italian citizenship before joining the federal cabinet.

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"I just said how I felt about this, and that is the referee has severely damaged us in various parts of the game", Tadic said.

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"In the run-up [to the game] there was a lot of provocation. Even though we were down, we kept a level head". As a captain, I don't have a problem with it. Lichtsteiner also made the gesture during the match.

Xhaka and Shaqiri's families are from Kosovo, where a Serbian crackdown on the Albanian population only ended with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military intervention in 1999.

Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic indicated after the win that he was unimpressed by Shaqiri and Xhaka's celebrations.

The Football Association are thought to be contemplating writing to FIFA to formally complain about the pair's 'political celebrations'. "It's not more. I think we don't have to speak about this now".

During last week's match against Serbia, two ethnic Albanian players on the Swiss team, Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka flashed a provocative hand signal which many Serbian supporters found grossly offensive.

Meanwhile, Blick newspaper described the gestures as "dumb and unnecessary" and described them as the "great stain" on a "wonderfully stirring evening".

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