After the sanctions imposed by FIFA on the account of Swiss football player Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, and captain Lichtsteiner, the Albanian diaspora decided to collect money and pay the full amount instead of the players.
According to the Swiss Blick, an Albanian from New York, Rilind Reka, started the internet campaign where the money is gathered all around the world in order to pay for the penalty to the two players.
- You have brought the incredible joy and happiness to Switzerland and Albanians all around the world. Please, take a moment and support them - written in the invitation by Reka to his fellow countrymen to donate money.
His appeal spread over the internet in a blink of an eye, and it was shared over 2.700 times on Facebook and enough means were gathered right away.
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And that's not all, even Kosovo Trade Minister Bajram Hasani pointed out that he would take a part of his salary and he will make his contribution by paying for the FIFA fine. He confirmed that to the television KlankoosvaTV.
- There is no money enough for the emotions that Xhaka and Shaqiri gave to everybody when they celebrated with the symbol of the Albanian two-headed eagle. That is because they didn't forget their roots.
To recall, FIFA imposed penalties for the incident on and after the match between Serbia and Switzerland, which was played in the eighth round of group E. After the goals of Xhaka and Shaqiri, fans in Serbia were provoked by the symbol of the Albanian eagle, for which they were fined 10 thousand francs.
Unlike them, after the statements against FIFA and the referee Felix Brih, the president of Football Association of Serbia, Slavisa Kokeza, and the selector of Serbia Mladen Krstajic were fined with 5 thousand francs, while the association will be fined with 54.000 francs because of the discriminating slogans and for throwing items onto the field.