World Cup 2018: FIFA probes Shaqiri and Xhaka goal celebrations

first_imgSwitzerland players Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka’s goal celebration against Serbia at the FIFA World Cup 2018 has created a storm and FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the duo.Both players, who are ethnic Albanians and of Kosovar heritage, celebrated with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on Albania’s flag.Serbia refuses to recognise the independence of its former province Kosovo, whose 1.8 million people are mostly ethnic Albanians, which broke away 10 years ago.The players denied that their celebration was political.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”For me it was a really special day,” said Xhaka. “This is a victory for my family, for Switzerland, Albania, Kosovo. The gesture was for everyone who has supported me; it was not aimed at our opponents. It was a really emotional game.”Shaqiri said: “It’s nothing to do with politics, it’s about football.”World Cup: Swiss players’ Albanian eagle celebration stirs controversyFIFA said it had also opened proceedings against the Serbian FA for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans.A preliminary FIFA investigation had been opened against Serbian coach Mladen Krstajic for “alleged statements made in the aftermath of the match”, added the governing body.Media reports quoted Krstajic as telling Serbian reporters that German referee Felix Brych, who denied his team a penalty, should be put on trial in The Hague, home of the United Nations’ war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in the Group E match.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Kane Williamson breaks Mahela Jayawardene’s 12-year-old World Cup record

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson, after opening his account during the World Cup 2019 final against England, became the captain with the most number of runs in a single edition of the tournament. He broke former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene’s record of 548 runs scored during the 2007 World Cup.Williamson and Jayawardene are followed by Ricky Ponting (in 2007), Aaron Finch (2019) and AB de Villiers (2015). Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly lies sixth on the list with 465 runs to his name during the 2003 edition. Here are the top 5 captains with most runs in a World Cup:Kane Williamson – 550* (2019)Mahela Jayawardene – 548 (2007)Ricky Ponting – 539 (2007)Aaron Finch – 507 (2019)AB de Villiers – 482 (2015) Earlier, Williamson won the toss and elected to bat against England in the World Cup 2019 final being played at Lord’s.New Zealand have gone with the same team which played against India in the semifinals on July 9. England have also made no changes to their eleven which featured against Australia.”We’re having a bat. It’s a tough decision. A bat-first surface, but the overhead conditions do make it confusing. We have a job first up with the bat. We’re playing the same team. The semifinal was a tough scrap for both sides, but we’re happy we got across the line in that game,” said Williamson after winning the toss.”Always backing Guptill with the bat. He’ll go and play with freedom. Our team has played with a lot of heart and fight and has gotten us across the line so many times,” he added.advertisement”It was a 50-50 call (about the toss). The overheads will lean towards the ball. Whichever side plays better will lift the trophy. Jonny is fully fit, and we’re playing the same XI,” said England captain Eoin Morgan.”The strongest part in Edgbaston was our bowling. If we can put our ball in the areas early on today, we are in with a great chance. I’m extremely proud. Everyone has put in the hard work over the last four years. We have embraced pressure throughout the tournament, and the semi-final epitomized that,” he added.Playing XIs: New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie FergusonEngland: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark WoodAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India missed a solid No. 4, says Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Breed of the dog doesn’t matter: Kane Williamson on underdog tag for World Cup 2019 finallast_img read more

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