Arsenal’s Mustafi could be fined for making ‘political gesture’

By Mirror: Sunday, September 2nd 2018 at 18:57 GMT +3 | Premier League
Mustafi celebrates opening the scoring for Arsenal [Courtesy]

Shkodran Mustafi could be fined by the FA for his goal celebration after Arsenal opened the scoring against Cardiff City on Sunday.

The Germany international thundered a header past Neil Etheridge in goal for the Bluebirds to put the Gunners ahead, before wheeling away in delight.

However, Mustafi then put his two hands together and flapped his fingers, apparently in reference to the double-headed eagle, which is present on Albania's national flag.

The celebration reared its head during the World Cup when both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri made the gesture with their hands when scoring for Switzerland against Serbia.

The duo, who are both ethnic Albanians from Kosovo as well as Switzerland internationals, escaped bans during the finals in Russia but were both hit with fines.

Mustafi, who was born in Germany to an Albanian family from Macedonia, made the gesture with his hands in the direction of Xhaka when he scored on Sunday.

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His gesture comes on the back of comments from former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz, who recently spoke out about Xhaka and Shaqiri's celebrations at the World Cup.

The Germany international thundered a header past Neil Etheridge in goal for the Bluebirds [Courtesy]

He told 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."

Mustafi could now face punishment - in the form of a fine - if the FA deem his celebration to be a display of political symbolism.

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