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World cup 2018 – Kosovars and Albanians want to be fines, Xhaka, Shaqiri and Lichtsteiner pay

A lot of Kosovars and Albanians want to be in the gap jump for the by the FIFA beboete Swiss players, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner. They celebrated during the 2-1 won world cup match against Serbia, their goals with a political gesture.

Xhaka, Shaqiri and Lichtsteiner got fines because they are the goals of Switzerland and the victory celebrated by a gesture of the two-headed Albanian eagle pictures, symbol of unity among the Albanians. Xhaka and Shaqiri are both of Kosovar origin. By the Serbs, this celebration is seen as a form of provocation: Belgrade still refuses the independence of its former province of Kosovo (with an Albanian majority) to acknowledge.

Both Xhaka as Shaqiri received the FIFA a fine of 8,500 euros. The Swiss captain, Lichtsteiner was given a fine of 4,000 euros.

Because they are not for their home countries may be cheering on this world cup, scissors, several Kosovars and Albanians during the world CHAMPIONSHIPS behind Switzerland. Live there, it is estimated that around 200,000 Albanians in the Alpine country. An online crowdfundingcampagne delivered in one day for almost 18.000 euros for Xhaka, Shaqiri and Lichtsteiner.

The Kosovar minister of Trade and Industry Bajram Hasani said that his monthly wage (1,500 euros) would give as a contribution. “They were only punished because they have their origin not to deny. They have their origin not to be forgotten,” he declared to the local press. “This money is nothing compared to the joy that Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri of us have worried by their goals with that symbol to celebrate,” added Hasani again.

In Albania, announced prime minister Edi Rama via Facebook that he has a bank account has opened, which should serve as a contribution to the “absurd fine of the FIFA”. He invites his countrymen to a “symbolic contribution” to deposit. “Fear the eagle was not”, wrote Rama. “With this gesture we want Xhaka and Shaqiri our gratitude to express.”

Shaqiri was born in 1991 in Kosovo. Then it was Kosovo is still a Serbian province, which is mainly by Albanians was populated. The attacking midfielder moved at one year of age with his family to Switzerland. Xhaka was in 1992 born in Switzerland. His parents are both in Kosovo. His brother Taulant played to his 21st at our next opponent of the Swiss national team. Finally, he decided to the colors of Albania to defend it.

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