NIZNHY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 25 (Reuters) - After winning a politically-charged match against Serbia, Switzerland are unlikely to face the same hostility when they face already-eliminated Costa Rica in Group E of the World Cup on Wednesday.
Switzerland, needing a draw to reach the last 16 of the tournament, have a number of ethnic Albanians in their squad and they were given a hostile reception by Serbian fans in Friday's dramatic 2-1 win in Kaliningrad.
MOSCOW -- The head of Switzerland's football federation said on Sunday that he doesn't expect FIFA to suspend his players, despite goal celebrations seen as inflaming political tensions with Serbia.
FIFA has added a third Swiss player -- captain Stephan Lichtsteiner -- to an investigation of the goal scorers in a 2-1 win who made hand gestures of a two-headed eagle that is an Albanian national symbol. Lichtsteiner also made the gesture during the match.
KALININGRAD, Russia -- A day after being put under investigation by FIFA for complaining about the refereeing of their 2-1 World Cup loss to Switzerland and misbehavior by fans, Serbia's football association has filed an official complaint with the sport's governing body alleging "biased officiating" by referee Feliz Brych.
In a statement posted on its website on Sunday, the Football Association of Serbia said it submitted to FIFA "seven videos that clearly showed tendency in officiating of the...
KALININGRAD, Russia -- Switzerland's never-say-die attitude and will to win was the key to turning around a match in which they had been pummelled by Serbia for much of the first half, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said on Friday.
Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in the World Cup Group E showdown in Kaliningrad thanks to two second-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri after they trailed at half-time in one of the most thrilling matches so far in Russia.