On a visit to Serbia, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has urged Belgrade to implement the terms of last month's landmark agreement to normalize relations with Kosovo.
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.
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.
Switzerland were utterly outplayed in the first period, but came to life after the break, recovering to win 2-1. Both goals came from players with Kosovo-Albanian roots, who had faced boos from the Serbian supporters.
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.
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