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Granit Xhaka apologizes for polemic celebration

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 02: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Arsenal FC at Cardiff City Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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The Swiss footballer, together with Xherdan Shaqiri, made an “Albanian eagle” sign after scoring against Serbia in the FIFA World Cup

When Swiss player Xherdan Shaqiri scored the winning goal against Serbia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup celebration ensued.

But Shaqiri together with Granit Xhaka celebrated by imitating the two-headed eagle on the Albania flag, fueling the polemic.

Xhaka apologizes for eagle celebration after prickly Shaqiri stirs things

And now, two months after the match, Xhaka spoke for the first time about the incident.

“I’m sorry for what happened and I would be stupid if I said I’d do it again. It will never happen again,” the player told Four Four Two.

“I have only one passport, the Swiss one, and I wear the red-colored jersey of Switzerland proudly.”

“I will be eternally grateful to [coach, Vladimir] Petkovic for supporting me after the match against Serbia,” he added.

“You cannot imagine how I felt before the enormity of insults and hatred of which I had become the object of.”