World Cup 2018: Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner also facing two game ban for 'Albanian Eagle' celebration …
SWITZERLAND captain Stephan Lichtsteiner is the latest player to be charged by Fifa.
His international team-mates Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri are both likely to be punished for their ‘Albanian Eagle’ goal celebrations against Serbia.
Serbian FA chiefs had demanded action from the world governing body after the two Prem stars made the gesture in the comeback win in Kaliningrad.
And the new Arsenal ace is likely to join Xhaka and Shaqiri on the sidelines for two matches after being pictured with the same celebration.
The President of Serbia’s FA Slavisa Kokeza and coach Mladen Krstajic are also facing charges following their comments in the aftermath of the game.
A Fifa statement read: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Swiss player Stephan Lichtsteiner for a goal celebration during the match Switzerland vs. Serbia.
“In relation to the same match, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the President of the Serbian FA Slavisa Kokeza as well as the national coach Mladen Krstajic for statements made in the aftermath of the said match.”
Both Xhaka and Shaqiri come from ethnic Albanian families with roots in Kosovo, now an independent country after a breakaway from Serbia that has still not been recognised by the Belgrade government.
They could all be charged with “provocative gestures” which carry an automatic two-game ban and a fine of a minimum £3,800.
After the game, Krstajic was quizzed on the decision not to award Aleksandar Mitrovic a penalty to which he remarkably responded: “We were robbed.
“I wouldn’t give him either a yellow or red card, I would send him to the Hague. Then they could put him on trial, like they did to us.”