Why Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri's goal celebrations enraged Serbia

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri both scored in Switzerland's 2-1 win over Serbia – before they each celebrated their goals with the same controversial gesture.

The Arsenal midfielder scored Switzerland's first goal with a thumping long-range effort before celebrating vigorously with a 'double eagle' gesture – the symbol of Albania.

Now to say that celebration is controversial would be polite. Shaqiri replicated it as well after his winning goal in the 90th minute, but not as intensely as Xhaka.

Serbia v Switzerland: Group E - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Xhaka was born to Kosovo-Albanian parents who were forced to flee the fall of Yugoslavia in 1990. Xhaka's father was even imprisoned for more than three years for demonstrating against the Communist regime in the late 1980s.

Shaqiri was born in present-day Kosovo but emigrated with his family to Switzerland when he was a baby.

The Kosovo War that ended in 1999 remains a contentious territory in both Serbia and Albania with the region currently residing within Serbia, but having it's own Fifa-recognised team.

Serbia is considered the modern-day successor of the Yugoslavia football team.

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