WORLD CUP NEWS: Goal celebrations: political?

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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14 Comments

  1. Upton Cross Primary School Upton Cross Primary School

    In my opinion I believe that FIFA is being fair because they’re just doing their job because they need their money to feed themselves and family.I believe that politics is a banner towards football. However,it was unfair of FIFA blaming the British FA because they did not encourage their fans to make banners about brexit in the match.

    A Roman Platinum Phoenix

  2. Upton Cross Primary School Upton Cross Primary School

    Sorry that was meant to be A Rowan

  3. Boutcher Primary School Boutcher Primary School

    how are these people so cruel!
    catcirle787

  4. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    FIFA what are you doing!!!
    So now you’re going to fine for putting the middle finger now! You can that I’m angry! Why? I’m because it’s just a stupid victory.

    YamiRaven#123

  5. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Sos I forgot angry!

    FIFA what are you doing!!!
    So now you’re going to fine for putting the middle finger now! You can that I’m angry! Why? I’m angry because it’s just a stupid victory.

    YamiRaven#123

  6. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Sos

    FIFA what are you doing!!!
    So now you’re going to fine for putting the middle finger now! You can tell that I’m angry! Why? I’m angry because it’s just a stupid victory.

    YamiRaven#123

  7. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    I am in the middle between both sides of whether it was bad that they made the sign whist playing on the world cup or not these are my reasons for and against.

    FOR THEM DOING THE SIGN:
    ~Is it so bad that they were showing their support to the country the where born at.
    ~Maybe the just wanted people to notice they are not players who play for the team that they currently live in
    the country and where actually born and grew up some where different.

    AGAINST THEM DOING THE SIGN:
    ~They are not showing their respect to the people who are on their team.

    SO these are my points what are yours and [please tell me what your opinion is on my points.

    #Priceless Bunnie

    • Well done for giving reasons on both side of the argument here. Where do you stand? Which side of the argument is stronger; making their point, or not offending other people? Olivia

  8. Colegrave Primary School Colegrave Primary School

    I think that supporting your country isn’t wrong,so I don’t understand why FIFA would fine such an amount of money.If i were to put my feet in FIFAs’ shoes,my only reason would be that it is wrong to show that sign since an eagle is a predator and it could be showing some bad meaning to it. Also, they might think that it’s nice to rejoice but you need to respect that the other team didn’t win so just bear in mind don’t show off. Apart from that, I think that FIFA don’t want to be criticised by the news about how could you let someone do something like that but in all FIFA JUST WANT MINEY SAME WAY THEY FINED SOME CATALONIAN FOOTBALLER BECAUSE HE WORE A SMALL YELLOW RIBBON TO SUPPORT HIS COUNTRY
    RainbowUnicorn246

  9. Arnhem Wharf Primary School Arnhem Wharf Primary School

    I think that supporting their country is not wrong and they were just trying to show what Albanians can do and it should not be discriminated against. They probably knew they would get fined but still did for their country to show they are strong

    ProjectorV

  10. Arnhem Wharf Primary School Arnhem Wharf Primary School

    I think this should be allowed. It is similar to the 1968 Olympics when Tommy Smith and John Carlos used their fists to symbolise independence. I think that this is unfair because Xhaka just got fined but Tommie got kicked out straight away.

    Projector_9

  11. Boutcher Primary School Boutcher Primary School

    The fines are taking it too far, if they have been warned I understand but I find it is quite wicked. the fans should speak or chant how they want it isn’t Fifa’s decision what the fans talk about and sports and politics should mix

    Wolf

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