Ten years after Kosovo became independent, ethnic Albanians and Serbs are embroiled in conflict. Serbian nationalists want to split away and join Serbia. In the town of Mitrovica, the divisions run deep.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri could receive a two-match ban over their display of an Albanian nationalist symbol. Both the Swiss and the Serbian football federations may also face disciplinary action from FIFA.
When political conflicts make it into the penalty box, emotions run high. That goes doubly for World Cup time. This time around, nationalism is on the offensive – and journalist Krsto Lazarevic finds that pathetic.
The European Union will start accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, pending progress on reforms. Some member states have expressed concern over corruption and the rule of law in the two countries.
Three Switzerland players have been hit with fines but avoided World Cup bans, after celebrating goals against Serbia with pro-Kosovo gestures. The political symbol, which FIFA prohibits, caused outrage in Serbia.
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