Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner escaped with fines after they were charged with ‘provoking the general public’ following their goal celebrations against Serbia and a complaint by the Serbian FA.
Lichtsteiner, Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri were facing the real possibility of a two-match ban, ruling them out of their final group game and the first knock-out round should the Swiss make it out of their group.
FIFA, however, decided against issuing bans and fined everybody instead.
Both Xhaka and Lichtsteiner were fined a total of SFr10,000 which equates to roughly £7,637.
From now on Stephen Lichtsteiner is known as one of us 🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/T6GOrAkPNM
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Serbia’s manager, Mladen Krstajic, along with Serbian FA president Slavisa Kokeza, were both fined SFr5,000 for thier post-match comments. After their defeat to Germany, Krstajic stated that the referee, Felix Brych, should be put on trial at The Hague.
The Serbian FA, FSS, was also fined a further SFr54,000 (£41,246) for the display of ‘discriminatory banners and messages by the Serbia supporters’. Tshirts featuring convicted war criminal, Ratko Mladic, were spotted in the crowd.
In other sanctions handed out by FIFA, who have been very busy collecting fines during this tournament, Argentina were fined, again, for homophobic chanting from their supporters, fighting and throwing objects (SFr105,000/£80,199).
The Croatian FA were also fined SFr13,000 (£9,932) for crowd trouble at their game on Thursday.