Double-Eagle Sign Could Be Political Gesture
Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi could be fined by the Football Association over his goal celebration on Sunday.
Mustafi, who is of Albanian decent, put his hands together in the formation of a double-headed eagle after his early goal put the Gunners 1-0 up at Cardiff City on Sunday. His Arsenal team-mate Granit Xhaka and Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri were both hit with fines by Fifa after making similar gestures following their goals for Switzerland at the World Cup this summer.
Xhaka and Shaqiri are also of Albanian decent and the sign of the eagle is the mark on an Albanian flag. The pair avoided bans but were hit with fines after their celebration was deemed by Fifa to be a political act. There is speculation now that Mustafi could be hit with a similar fine.
Mustafi was born in Germany. However, his family are ethnic Albanians hailing from Macedonia.
Arsenal went on to win Sunday’s game 3-2 to put them on six points from their opening four Premier League games and manager Unai Emery says his side are improving.
“Today I am happy because the team have taken one step,” Emery said after the match. “For their two goals they put long balls into our box and we need to continue working.
“Those were strong moments in the match but other than the two goals and perhaps 30 percent of the time we controlled everything on the pitch. The team is improving”.