Switzerland’s players with Albanian roots will not be able to celebrate, forming the eagle at the 2022 World Cup.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri had celebrated with the Albanian eagle at the World Cup in Russia, causing several reactions. Ahead of the match against Serbia at the 2022 World Cup, the Swiss have decided to ban their players with Albanian roots from celebrating by forming the eagle.
Switzerland will face Serbia in Qatar’s group stage, with both teams having their minds solely on football.
“We don’t want to send any political or religious message. There should be no words, gestures, and any general provoking behavior. When we cheer, it’s to show our joy, that’s important. But we must not be provocative”, is the clear message ahead of the fight between them.
It should be noted that Xhaka and Shaqiri were fined €10,000 each by UEFA for celebrating with an eagle in the win over Serbia, in breach of fair play rules.