A call to “stop all discriminatory songs and gestures” was thrown into the stadium during the second half of the 2022 World Cup game between Serbia and Switzerland on Friday in Doha. The reasons why this appeal was made were not given by FIFA. This is not the first time that a match between Switzerland and Serbia gives rise to strong tensions.
This Friday evening, Xhaka, captain of Switzerland, was filmed as he seemed to be insulting the Serbian bench and making an obscene gesture to them. Another notable incident, the Swiss striker Breel Embolo seemed particularly angry after an exchange with Serbian players, including substitutes who entered the field, ten minutes before the call for calm. Embolo was replaced by Murat Yakin late in the game.
During the post-match celebrations, Xhaka wore a flocked jersey bearing Jashari’s name. However, if Ardon Jashari is a Swiss international, present in the group during this World Cup, Jashari is also the name of Adem Jashari, one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army.