Shkodran Mustafi Could Be Fined After Controversial Celebration Vs Cardiff
Goals are always supposed to be a great moment but Shkodran Mustafi could be fined by the FA for his because of the controversial goal celebration during Arsenal's game against Cardiff City on Sunday, reports the Mirror.
Having headed Granit Xhaka's corner in at the 11th minute, Mustafi ran towards his teammate, crossing his hands as a reference to Albania's double-headed eagle, which is present on the country's national flag - and the same celebration that earned Xhaka a fine during the World Cup.
Mustafi has previously spoken about how he feels about his Albanian background - which saw his grandfather move to Germany after being forced to leave the country.
Speaking to the Daily Mail back in 2016, he explained that he feels it is hard for people to relate to the difficulty of immigration unless they have actually lived through it.
"You have to understand when people who come into the UK and Germany that you don't know what this person saw in his life before," he said.
"When I go back to Albania you have six-year-olds who do not go to school and have to work. There are no schools. So they come to this country and it is difficult. We all need to understand the differences. It is complicated but it needs understanding."
The controversial celebration hit headlines during the recent World Cup when both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri used it during a Switzerland game against Serbia.
The pair, who both have Albanian heritage but grew up in Switzerland, turned the match around after Serbia had taken the initial lead.
26-year-old Shaqiri, who plays for Liverpool, said after the match that 'it's just emotion' when he was quizzed about the way he celebrated.
He said: "I think in football you have always emotions. You can see what I did and I think it's just emotion. I'm very happy to score this goal. It's not more. I think we don't have to speak about this now."
Switzerland's coach, Vladimir Petkovic, added: "You should never mix politics and football. It's clear that emotions show up and that's how things happen.
"I think we all together need to steer away from politics in football and we should focus on this sport as a beautiful game and something that brings people together."
Former Liverpool and Switzerland player Stephane Henchoz also recently spoke out about Xhaka and Shaqiri's celebrations, telling Blick: "The double-headed eagle has no business in the Swiss national team.
"When I was in Liverpool, I went to every practice with the 'ball in my stomach' knowing that if I missed a pass, I would get burned by the coach.
"In Switzerland, if you miss a pass, it does not matter. You will take the next one.
"Shaqiri and Xhaka are stars here. They know that they will be in selection in the next game, even if they did not play well this time.
"[Xhaka] does not represent Switzerland. He is a regular player at Arsenal, but I believe a captain must represent Switzerland and the team. Xhaka does not do it."
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