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Saturday, 23 June 2018

World Cup 2018: Serbia FA Accuses FIFA Of 'Brutal Robbery' After Swiss Defeat

The head of the Serbian Football Association has accused FIFA of showing bias against his country at the 2018 World Cup.

The Serbian FA Chief says Serbia were victims of a "brutal robbery" during Friday's loss to Switzerland, accusing FIFA of directing officials to work against them.

"We will send a protest to Fifa today," Kokeza told the BBC on Saturday.

A FIFA spokesman confirmed a letter of protest had been received but no further comments would be made.

Kokeza was unhappy a German Referee was appointed for the match against Switzerland, claiming the move influenced more decisions during the match. 

"I do not think this is only about VAR, but that the whole thing was directed by the people who appoint referees," Kokeza said.

"We all know too well that more than half of Switzerland's population is German.

"Technical staff, players, people in Serbia, they are all disappointed and frustrated because of injustice some people at Fifa came up with."

Asked how he wanted Fifa to respond, he replied: "It is clear to Europe and the world that Serbia was brutally robbed. I do not expect Fifa to take action in order for this brutal robbery not to happen again, because, I repeat, it was all directed."

Kokeza also criticised  the 'double eagle' celebration by two Switzerland goal scorers during Friday's match, describing the action as  "scandalous and shameful".

Granit Xhaka and Xhedran Shaqiri made the gesture, which represents the double-headed eagle on Albania's national flag.

"It deserves to be condemned by the whole football world," Kokeza added.

"It was not the only provocation by the Swiss players. One sufficient detail was the football boots of one of their players - the boots had a flag of a non-existing country displayed on them.

"We expect Fifa to impose sanctions against the players who acted against rules of Fifa and fair play, as well as against the national association of the country they play for."

However, FIFA confirmed on Saturday that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Xhaka and Shaqiri, as well as the Serbian FA over the conduct of fans and Serbia head Coach Mladen Krstajic for alleged statements made in the aftermath.

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