Xherdan Shaqiri caught in Kosovo political incident


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Lyon attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has been caught up in controversy relating to an independence dispute involving Kosovo.

On Saturday evening, whilst Shaqiri was giving his post-match analysis of Switzerland’s 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland to broadcaster RSI, a man came out of nowhere to put a jacket on him. This jacket had the UCK logo, the UCK being the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Shaqiri was born in ex-Yugoslavia, in Zhegër, which is currently part of Kosovo. The Swiss FA responded angrily to this event occurring on the pitch:

“It is unacceptable that people want to use football stadia, in this case during a post-match interview of a player after a match, for political propaganda. Xherdan Shaqiri responded in exemplary fashion, and remained calm and did not react. The man was questioned by police and was immediately given a stadium ban.”

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