Switzerland midfielders Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri have been fined just over $10,000 for “unsporting behavior” during their team’s 2-1 World Cup victory over Serbia on Friday, FIFA said in a press release on Monday.
Xhaka and Shaqiri, who are of Albanian-Kosovan heritage, celebrated their goals against Serbia with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on Albania’s flag.
The UK media reported on Sunday that FIFA had opened disciplinary proceedings against the players, who faced a two-match ban.
“The Swiss players Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri… have been sanctioned with fines of CHF 10,000 [just over $10,100]… for unsporting behavior contrary to the principles of fair-play during their goal(s) celebrations at the match Switzerland vs. Serbia,” FIFA said.
FIFA added that Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner, who was also under investigation for his behavior when he was celebrating one of his side’s goals, had been fined over $5,000.
Switzerland are second in Group E with four points and are set to face Costa Rica in their last group game on Wednesday.
A win or a draw will put them through to the round of 16.