Did you see Shaqiri and Xhaka's controversial celebrations against Serbia — Albanian Eagle

Did you see Shaqiri and Xhaka's controversial celebrations against Serbia — Albanian Eagle

Federation Internationale de Football Association has opened disciplinary proceedings against Switzerland players Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, looking into their goal celebrations during Friday's win over Serbia at the World Cup.

Xherdan Shaqiri's last minute victor capped an impressive comeback for the Swiss in an eventful Group E encounter in Kaliningrad after Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka levelled following Aleksandar Mitrovic's opener.

Shaqiri and Xhaka put their hands together to form what looked like a two-headed eagle, similar to the one on the flag of Albania, threatening to inflame political tensions in the Balkans. The thumbs represent the heads of the two eagles, while the fingers look like the feathers.

"I think in football you have always emotions", he said.

The Serbian press meanwhile called Shaqiri's goal celebration "shameful provocation".

"I honestly feel completely depleted", Petkovic said.

Xhaka was born to parents originally from Kosovo of Albanian heritage, and his father was jailed in the former Yugoslavia for campaigning for Kosovan independence.

The families of both goal scorers hail from Kosovo, the former Serb province whose 2008 declaration of independence is not recognized by Serbia and remains a source of friction between the Balkan neighbors.

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Arsenal midfielder Xhaka defied Switzerland's reputation as a side lacking in attacking threat when he rattled the ball into the net from 25 yards, pulling his team back into a game that had threatened to get away from them. "I don't deal with these things". I am a man of sports and this is what I am going to stay.

"This is the case of the boots, it is a question of several controversial flags and it is the celebration of both goals for Switzerland".

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic hoped the gestures wouldn't detract from the team's performance. "It's a wonderful atmosphere and a positive experience and that's what football should be about".

But their early energy and poise faded and the defeat leaves Mladen Krstajic's team heading into their last Group E game against Brazil knowing only a win can guarantee them a spot in the knockout stages. The Swiss will conclude group play against last-place Costa Rica, needing only a point to advance. Brazil owned 69% of the possession in the match, outshooting Costa Rica 23-4 and 9-0 in regards to shots on target. Mitrovic came close in the 19th minute when he controlled a cross from Branislav Ivanovic on his chest and sent a bicycle kick over the bar.

Serbia raced out of the blocks, funnelling possession to Southampton winger Dusan Tadic on the right flank, who troubled Switzerland with his crossing all match.

With Mitrovic proving a handful for the Swiss defence, Serbia threatened to over-run their opponents and missed another chance when a corner flew across the face of goal and Dusko Tosic just failed to make contact.

Serbia felt aggrieved that they had not been awarded a penalty when Mitrovic was caught in a tangle with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schar in the 66th minute.

The lone meeting between these two sides came in an friendly match in 2014 that ended in a 1-0 Brazil victory.