FIFA has charged Serbia with disciplinary action on Monday for alleged misconduct by players and fans, including offensive chants during a World Cup match against Switzerland.
FIFA has charged Serbia for its team’s and fans’ behavior during the World Cup
In Friday’s match, Switzerland was captained by Granit Xhaka, and Xherdan Shaqiri scored the opening goal in a 3-2 victory that eliminated Serbia. Both players are of ethnic Albanian descent and have family ties to Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Serbia denies Kosovo’s sovereignty.
FIFA did not specify which incidents occurred at Stadium 974 that resulted in charges of “misconduct of players and officials,” discrimination, and “misconduct of players and officials.”
Serbia fans chanted anti-Kosovo chants and verbally abused Xherdan Shaqiri in the first half.
When the referee did not use video review to investigate a penalty kick claim in the second half, several Serbia players in the dugout encroached on the field.
When the referee did not use video review to investigate a claim for a penalty kick in the second half, several Serbia players in the dugout encroached on the field.
FIFA, the world soccer’s governing body, provided no timetable for the disciplinary case. Any penalties imposed could apply when Serbia next competes in a European Championship qualifying group in March.