The controversial meaning behind Swiss players’ hand gestures – 247 news

The controversial meaning behind Swiss players’ hand gestures – 247 news


Albania’s national flag was at the center of Switzerland’s 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday as two players made nationalist hand gestures Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by showcasing their ethnic Albanian heritage Both footballers put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched to make what looks like the double-headed eagle displayed on Albania’s flag  The thumbs represent the heads of the two eagles, while the fingers look like the feathers ‘I think about this, I don’t want to speak,’ said Shaqiri, who also took off his shirt after scoring ‘In football, you have always emotions. You can see what I did, and it’s just emotion, and I’m just happy to have scored the goal I did it, and we don’t have to speak about this.’The gesture could inflame tensions among Serb nationalists and ethnic Albanians Shaqiri was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008  Serbia doesn’t recognize Kosovo’s independence and relations between the two countries remain tense  Xhaka’s parents are originally from Kosovo and they are of Albanian heritage. His brother plays for Albania’s national team Years of war in Balkans sent many families to western European countries, including Switzerland The Swiss have dozens of ethnic Albanians in their national soccer program. Share this article Share Serbia’s players did not react to the eagle gestures at Kaliningrad Stadium ‘I don’t have any comments,’ Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic said. ‘I don’t deal with these things I am a man of sports, and this is what I’m going to stay being.’In the tournament’s first come-from-behind victory, Xhaka made it 1-1 in the 52nd minute with a powerful shot through a crowded penalty area Shaqiri added the other in injury time after running past the Serbian defense.Their celebrations were emotional and could overshadow Switzerland’s victory ‘You should never mix politics and football. You should always show respect,’ Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said ‘It’s a wonderful atmosphere and a positive experience and that’s what football should be about ‘ Aleksandar Mitrovic scored for Serbia with a header in the fifth minute.The win puts Switzerland into second place in Group E with four points, the same as Brazil  The Swiss will advance to the round of 16 if they beat Costa Rica on Wednesday in Nizhny Novgorod Serbia will face Brazil in Moscow at the same time.Serbia had chances to score more before halftime 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   

19 Comments on "The controversial meaning behind Swiss players’ hand gestures – 247 news"


  1. Albania didnt quallify for EuroCup let stand for WORLD CUP…🤣😂🤣..SERBIA play strong with Serbian players..not immigrant team like Swiss and lot more colonial countrys..
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  2. Xgaja abd Sgaqiri from albania yes…. but not fair match 😀 where is penal for serbia?

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  3. I see absolutely nothing wrong with them players making a sign of their own nationality, hear it news at all times, i just don’t get whats the fuss is abt here tho. They played well, they won, leave it at that.. better luck next time 🤷‍♂️

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  4. I am from 🇮🇳 but I don't know why I want to support 🇦🇱 because 🇽🇰 has a a majority of 🇦🇱

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  5. Hallo albania history is some 3500 year old even iliryans today albania s make double head eagle look https://i.ytimg.com/vi/fxUAHgDNADY/maxresdefault.jpg

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