During the Switzerland vs Serbia match, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated scoring goals by making a ‘butterfly’ sign with their hands. They were fined by Fifa for “unsporting behaviour” (between £3,000 and £8,000).
Why? Apparently this sign is not a butterfly but a ‘double-headed eagle gesture’ (see it here) which symbolizes the Albanian flag.
Why would this be ‘unsporting’? Well, both players are ethnically Albanians from Kosovo and there was a conflict between Albania and Serbia in the 1990s. It’s thought that this symbol is a political symbol towards the Serbians, referring back to that time.
The Serbian FA was also fined about £41,217 because of the way their fans behaved during the game. They displayed discriminatory banners and threw things onto the pitch.
There have also been warnings to English fans, telling them that they could be fined for signing pro-Brexit chants during the games.
So, what do you think? Are these fines an overreaction, a fair price to pay for breaking the rules, or too small to even matter? Comment below with your reasons!
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