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Russia: ‘Focus on football’ - Swiss FA president amid Shaqiri, Xhaka controversy01:10

Russia: ‘Focus on football’ - Swiss FA president amid Shaqiri, Xhaka controversy

Russian Federation, Tolyatti
June 24, 2018 at 20:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

SOT, Peter Gillieron, President of Swiss Football Association: "My opinion is that we have four points and that's the most important thing for the moment and I think we have to wait for the decision of the FIFA disciplinary committee and we want the focus on the next match; that's the most important, football is the most important and the other things now I need to hand it to FIFA and we wait and we see."

SOT, Journalist: "Is this kind of annoying that this subject is more important at the moment than the sporting performance?"

SOT, Peter Gillieron, President of Swiss Football Association: "Yes, it may be annoying but we have to accept it, that's always like that, but we have to be aware that now football is just priority."

SOT, Journalist: "There's a disciplinary proceeding going on now, do you think there's a big danger that these two players [Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka] may gat banned for one or more matches?"

SOT, Peter Gillieron, President of Swiss Football Association: "I don't know because it's very difficult to make prognostic in football and also when you have disciplinary matters and I think I will wait. I think there will be a fast decision from the FIFA disciplinary committee and then we will have and we will know what we have to see and to decide."

Swiss Football Association president Peter Gillieron insisted that the focus should remain on football in Tolyatti on Sunday, amid FIFA's disciplinary revision of Swiss footballers and ethnic Albanians Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, for an alleged display of nationalistic gestures after scoring goals in their 2:1 win against Serbia.

"We want the focus on the next match; that's the most important, football is the most important," said Gillieron.

The pair made an eagle sign with their hands, alluding to Albania's flag and may face a one or two match ban if FIFA rules their celebratory gesture as political.

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SOT, Peter Gillieron, President of Swiss Football Association: "My opinion is that we have four points and that's the most important thing for the moment and I think we have to wait for the decision of the FIFA disciplinary committee and we want the focus on the next match; that's the most important, football is the most important and the other things now I need to hand it to FIFA and we wait and we see."

SOT, Journalist: "Is this kind of annoying that this subject is more important at the moment than the sporting performance?"

SOT, Peter Gillieron, President of Swiss Football Association: "Yes, it may be annoying but we have to accept it, that's always like that, but we have to be aware that now football is just priority."

SOT, Journalist: "There's a disciplinary proceeding going on now, do you think there's a big danger that these two players [Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka] may gat banned for one or more matches?"

SOT, Peter Gillieron, President of Swiss Football Association: "I don't know because it's very difficult to make prognostic in football and also when you have disciplinary matters and I think I will wait. I think there will be a fast decision from the FIFA disciplinary committee and then we will have and we will know what we have to see and to decide."

Swiss Football Association president Peter Gillieron insisted that the focus should remain on football in Tolyatti on Sunday, amid FIFA's disciplinary revision of Swiss footballers and ethnic Albanians Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, for an alleged display of nationalistic gestures after scoring goals in their 2:1 win against Serbia.

"We want the focus on the next match; that's the most important, football is the most important," said Gillieron.

The pair made an eagle sign with their hands, alluding to Albania's flag and may face a one or two match ban if FIFA rules their celebratory gesture as political.

Mandatory Courtesy: 'Footage from SRG SSR'

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