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What is the Albanian Eagle celebration and which players have used it previously?

THE ALBANIAN EAGLE celebration has previously caused outrage when performed by current Switzerland squad members Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.

But what does the gesture mean, as the Swiss prepare to take on Cameroon in their opening World Cup 2022 clash in Qatar.

Granit Xhaka scored the opening goal for Switzerland
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What is the Albanian Eagle?

Both Xhaka and Shaqiri celebrated their goals for Switzerland in their 2-1 win over Serbia by making the nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.

The players put their open hands together to look like a double-headed eagle – like the one displayed on the Albanian flag.

Shaqiri also wore boots bearing the flags of both Switzerland and Kosovo and was jeered by Serbian fans throughout the game.

And German-Albanian defender Shkodran Mustafi repeated the celebration in solidarity with the players during Arsenal’s win at Cardiff.

Why is it controversial?

FIFA are coming under pressure from Serbia to charge the goalscorers for their celebrations – with them demanding a two-match ban which is laid down by FIFA regulations.

Shaqiri was born in Kosovo (a former Serbian province which declared independence in 2008).

Serbia do not recognise  Kosovo’s independence and relations remain tense with many families choosing to move to other European counties including Switzerland.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored in the 90th minute to give them three points
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What did Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka say about the gesture?

Speaking to reporters after the game, Shaqiri said: “You can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion. I’m very happy to score this goal. It was nothing more than that. I think we don’t have to speak about this now.”

Xhaka, said: “Frankly, my opponents did not interest me at all.

“It was for my people, who always supported me. For those who did not neglect me, in my homeland, where my parents’ roots are. These were purely pure emotions.”

Were Xhaka and Shaqiri punished for the celebration?

Xhaka and Shaqiri were fined £7,630 each for the Albanian Eagle celebration, which was dubbed “unsportsmanlike conduct” by Fifa.

But they escaped a ban for “provocative gestures”, which was called for by the Serbian FA.

Captain Stefan Lichtsteiner was also fined £3,824 for making the gesture after Shaqiri’s winner.

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Arsenal interested in shock Yunus Musah transfer return as Mikel Arteta sends scouts to watch USA World Cup star

ARSENAL are interested in re-signing USA’s World Cup star Yunus Musah and sent scouts out to Qatar to watch him, according to reports.

The 20-year-old American was allowed to leave the Gunners back in 2019 after seven years at the Hale End academy.

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Yunus Musah impressed for USA at the World Cup[/caption]

He departed North London to join Valencia where he has begun to impress for the LaLiga outfit.

Central midfielder Musah has scored five goals and provided three assists in 81 appearances for Gennaro Gattuso’s side, but it is at the World Cup where he has caught the eye once more.

He was one of USA‘s best-performing players in Qatar as they drew with Wales and England and beat Iran to reach the last-16.

They were eventually eliminated by Holland in the second round, losing 3-1 to Louis van Gaal’s men.

But Musah’s displays have not gone unnoticed as Fabrizio Romano claims Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sent scouts out to the Middle East to watch their former player – with Inter Milan also keeping tabs on him.

The transfer expert told CBS: “Yunus Musah is also in the list of Premier League clubs.

“Arsenal recently sent their scouts to monitor him, but there are also other Premier League giants well informed on the Valencia midfielder.

“Inter Milan are interested too, but the price tag could be too high for them in January.

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“Of course, Musah could leave Valencia between January and June.”

Born in New York, Musah played for England at every age group level up to U18.

He then declared for USA in 2020 – where he has already received 23 caps.

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Japan vs Croatia boost: Andrej Kramaric to score first at 7/1 with Paddy Power

CROATIA go into this afternoon’s game with Japan as the favourites to reach the World Cup quarter finals.

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He grabbed both goals in the win over Canada and should be plenty rested having only featured for an hour against Belgium.

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Man Utd ‘OUT of Jude Bellingham transfer race’ with Dortmund ‘fine’ at prospect of losing England World Cup star in 2023

MANCHESTER UNITED will NOT sign Jude Bellingham in the summer, according to reports.

The England international, 19, has lit up the World Cup so far with sensational performances against Iran and Senegal.

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Jude Bellingham has produced incredible performances for England at the World Cup[/caption]

He is being heavily linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

But according to Sky Germany, he will NOT be completing a transfer to Old Trafford.

Earlier this season, Erik ten Hag’s men were thought to be in the race to sign the teenage prodigy.

However, they are now not believed to be in the running to acquire his signature come the end of the season.

Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City are the three frontrunners to acquire Bellingham.

And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has made the England midfielder his No1 summer target.

But Liverpool will have to pay up a huge fee if they are to secure his services.

Dortmund’s price tag for their superstar captain is now thought to be between £86-129million.

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Prior to the World Cup he had already been having a breathtaking season, with nine goals and three assists in 22 appearances.

And his supreme displays in Qatar have only increased his value ahead of the second half of the domestic campaign.

Bellingham, who joined Dortmund from Birmingham in 2020, will remain with the Bundesliga giants until the end of the season.

They are still in the Champions League and will face Chelsea in the last-16.

But Europe’s giants all expect him to depart come the summer – and Real Madrid and Man City are preparing to hijack Liverpool’s bid.

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Rangers AGM 2022: Date, time and 6 of the burning issues likely to be raised

RANGERS shareholders will get their chance to air their views on the running of the club the Ibrox board at today’s annual AGM.

The Gers have just gone through some major upheaval on the park, with Michael Beale returning to Ibrox to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager.

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Van Bronckhorst was sacked as Gers boss[/caption]

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Beale is now in charge at the club[/caption]

And following the Light Blues’ shocking Champions League run and poor domestic form, there are plenty of issues being raised from the Gers support ahead of the upcoming AGM.

The managerial situation has been resolved, with Steven Gerrard‘s former right hand man Beale now in place ahead of the Premiership’s resumption.

But sporting director Ross Wilson will be in the spotlight too as fans have voiced their frustration over aspects of recent recruitment.

Former chairman Dave King has been very critical of the board at various times this year too.

He’s revealed he will oppose the re-appointment of Douglas Park at the AGM after admitting he believes the club will “stagnate” for years to come if they don’t change direction.

Other topics sure to come up include American investor Kyle Fox‘s takeover bid and the Hummel court case – with the company suing Rangers for £9.5m in lost sales.

There’s plenty on the agenda that fans will want to discuss when they get their chance to quiz the board next month.

SunSport has all the details you need to know ahead of the event.


When and where is the Rangers AGM?

  • The meeting will take place TODAY – Tuesday, December 6.
  • The meeting will start at 10.30am.
  • It’s being held at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow.

Can I attend Rangers’ AGM?

  • Rangers shareholders wishing to go were asked to confirm their attendance a few weeks ago.

What are the big issues likely to be?

New manager

The topic of the Ibrox boss has dominated the headlines in recent weeks.

After a dire run of form domestically and the ill-fated Champions League return, Gio van Bronckhorst was axed.

A familiar face has returned to the club with former first team coach Michael Beale installed as the number one.

It will be interesting to see the reaction to Beale’s return and whether it has quelled any unrest.

King vs Park

Dave King hasn’t been quiet in voicing his disappointment at the Rangers board in recent months and has revealed he will vote AGAINST the re-appointment of Douglas Park at the AGM.

King also admitted he will vote against key resolutions favoured by Ibrox directors on the allocation of shares.

He said: “I’ll be voting against three resolutions. The fact is, I was already having concerns about where this regime was headed.

“I felt voting against Graeme Park’s re-election last year would make that point. I had to put my money where my mouth was and use my vote to go along with what my concerns were.”

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King will oppose Park at the AGM[/caption]

Recruitment concerns

Ross Wilson was hailed as Rangers’ transfer guru just last year – now questions are being asked of his work at the club.

The Light Blues added several new faces over the summer, but many have failed to make an impact due to both form and a massive injury list.

Van Bronckhorst appeared to take a veiled dig at the ‘unique circumstances’ he worked under at Ibrox, with many feeling it was in reference – in part, at least – to transfer dealings.

Going forward, Wilson has insisted Beale has the final say on any incomings.

Cash for new transfers

There has been a lot of chat around Rangers’ potential January transfer business.

With several key players out with injury, the new boss has a job on their hands to get the squad ready to challenge Celtic in the second half of the season.

Supporters are likely to be looking for further clarity on exactly what funds will be available for the Beale next month.

Fox takeover bid

Kyle Fox, an American businesswoman, has claimed she has agreements in place to buy 25 per cent of Rangers and become the biggest shareholder at the club.

American investor Fox

Light Blues fans are of course wary of an outside takeover after the events that transpired a decade ago, but Fox seems determined to get business done.

On a potential takeover, she said: “I have always been, and will continue to be, open and transparent with Rangers’ board, shareholders, and investors.

“I look forward to putting the lawsuit behind us and continuing to explore opportunities to bring value to the Rangers organisation, its loyal fans, investors, and other stakeholders through KRF Capital’s proposed acquisition of a significant ownership interest in the club.”

It’s been a big talking point among the Gers support and they will hope to get more information on her at the upcoming event.

Hummel court case

Rangers are being sued by Elite Sports Ltd, the company behind Hummel sportswear, for more than £9.5million in lost sales.

It’s a huge figure the club will need to pay and supporters will want to all the details surrounding the case.

The Court of Session in Edinburgh was told how Rangers entered into the contract in September 2018 and a decision by a court in London just six weeks later resulted in the Glasgow club “not performing” in the agreement.

Lawyers representing the company started proceedings at the court to have sales figures released to them.

Court papers show Hummel is seeking £9,517,249 from the Rangers over the dispute and fans will be demanding answers regarding the company’s claims.


What are the resolutions?

1. To approve the Company’s audited Financial Statements, the Directors’ Report, Strategic Report for the financial year ended 30 June 2022 Auditor’s Report be received and adopted.

2. To reappoint Douglas Park as a Director of the Company.

3. To reappoint Julian Wolhardt as a Director of the Company.

4. To reappoint George Taylor as a Director of the Company.

5. To reappoint Azets Audit Services as the Auditors of the Company to hold office until the conclusion of the next AGM.

6. To authorise the Directors to determine the remuneration of its Auditors.

7. To authorise the Directors to allot equity securities on the basis set out in the Notice.

8. To authorise the Directors to dis-apply pre-emption rights in respect of relevant securities allotted pursuant to Resolution 7 on the basis set out in the Notice.


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Man Utd news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘agrees to join Al Nassr’ as United OUT of Jude Bellingham race

FORMER Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has already found his next club if reports in Spain are to be believed.

Marca say Ronaldo will is set to join Saudi side Al-Nassr from the start of January once he is done at the World Cup with Portugal.

However, SunSport understands a deal is yet to be sealed.

Elsewhere, it has been reported that England ace Jude Bellingham will NOT be going to Old Trafford.

United are out of the race for the 19-year-old, with Liverpool, Man City and Real Madrid believed to be the frontrunners for his signature.

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Rangers hero Ally McCoist and Jon Champion delight World Cup viewers again – as fans all say the same thing

YOU know that award Ant & Dec win every year at the National Television Awards?

Maybe next time round it WON’T be going to the famous presenting duo.

Ally McCoist has proved popular on commentary duties with fans at the World Cup
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Judging by how much fans are loving Rangers and Scotland hero Ally McCoist and Jon Champion on commentary duties at the World Cup, the Geordies could be on the receiving end of a pasting.

ITV’s McCoist and Champion have been widely praised on social media for their natural banter and engaging personas in the booths in Qatar.

Not just a pair who enjoy working with each other, they never shirk the responsibility to share knowledge and insight – and in honest way.

After covering Brazil’s stunning 4-1 win over South Korea, punters were quick to start demanding their favourite commentary duo are given the honour of calling the final.

It may be over a fortnight away but it seems viewers are keen to see McCoist and Champion confirmed well ahead of schedule – as it could influence which channel they watch the game on (the final will be shown on both ITV and the BBC).

One fan said: “If ITV are picking on form – as is the way with successful teams in the World Cup – then Jon Champion & Ally McCoist should start preparing for the final. Best commentary team by a distance.”

Another commented: “Champion and McCoist. Give them the final.”

Someone else said: “McCoist better get the final on ITV, ideally with Jon Champion as well. Such a good pairing.”

While a further fan replied: “@ITVSport Ally McCoist is trending in the UK. He’s superb. Book him in for the final!”

Another said: “Ally McCoist better be the co commentator for the final. Levels above the other drivel we get stuck with.”

A couple of fans aren’t holding out much hope though.

“Never gonna happen but would love to see McCoist get the commentary gig for the World Cup final. Would be fully merited. Easy the best one out the lot,” said one.

Another said: “If they put Champion and Ally McCoist on it, I’d watch the final on ITV. But they’re going to [Sam] Matterface it up, aren’t they?”

Along with poor Matterface, Lee Dixon and Jermain Jenas were compared unfavourably to McCoist on the mic.

This fan said: “If @ITV have Ally McCoist on co commentator for the final I will watch ITV. If its Dixon then it’s BBC for me, and the majority of the country I imagine, even if [Jermain] Jenas is doing it.”

That said, not all are set on McCoist’s sparring partner.

One wants one of Champions colleagues, Clive Tyldesley, as the lead commentator.

They said: “@ITVSport please announce Clive Tyldesley and Ally McCoist for the Final!”

Another asked: “I’d love to to hear the commentary dream team of Jonathan Pearce & Ally McCoist for the World Cup Final. Make it happen @ITV and @BBCSport.”

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Shakira breaks silence on claims she’s dating surf instructor, 24, dubbed a ‘Pique clone’ after they’re seen at beach

SHAKIRA has denied rumours she’s dating a hunky Spanish surf instructor who has been dubbed a “clone” of her ex Gerard Pique.

The 45-year-old Hips Don’t Lie singer had been linked to Gorka Ezkurdia, 24, after they were photographed together on a beach near the northern Spanish city of Santander.

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Shakira had been linked to Gorka Ezkurdia, 24, after they were photographed together[/caption]

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The pictures emerged as it was reported Shakira met up with the Spaniard again this weekend[/caption]

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Spanish and South American media speculated they could be more than just ‘good friends[/caption]

The pictures emerged as it was reported Shakira had met up with the swarthy Spaniard again this weekend after she flew to the area with a female pal following her Barcelona court appearance.

Spanish and South American media have speculated they could be more than just “good friends”.

One described Ezkurdia, born in the village of Oiartzun near to the Basque city of San Sebastian, as a “Pique clone.”

It comes after the retired footballer’s romance with 23-year-old Clara Chia – which allegedly led to the breakdown of their 11-year relationship – was revealed.

One outlet reported: “Shakira has taken revenge on Pique. She now has her Clara Chia, a 24-year-old toy boy.”

But the Colombian singer-songwriter angrily rubbished suggestions she was dating again.

Shakira said: “Out of respect for my children and the vulnerable moment they are going through, I ask the media to stop the speculation.

“I do not have a partner or any interest beyond devoting myself entirely to my children.”

Shakira and Pique confirmed at the start of June they were separating following unconfirmed claims the former Barcelona defender, 35, had been cheating on his long-term partner with a younger woman

His relationship with Barcelona-born Clara Chia emerged shortly after he and Shakira confirmed they were no longer an item.

The ex-couple attended court in the Catalan capital on Thursday separately to ratify the separation child custody agreement they reached last month after 12-hour talks with their lawyers.

Shakira is relocating to Miami with their sons Sasha, seven, and Milan, nine, as part of the agreement.

She is expected to make the move early next year, although she will have to return to Barcelona for her as-yet undated £12million tax fraud trial.

The mum-of-two has been charged with six counts of tax fraud and has been warned she could be hit with an eight-year prison sentence if found guilty.

Late last month she delivered a stinging attack on tax authorities in Spain, claiming she was being persecuted and accusing the Spanish Treasury of using “unacceptable methods to damage her reputation and force her to come to a settlement agreement.”

She also insisted she had no intention of making any deals and would go to trial.

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World Cup 2022 LIVE: Southgate wants England to attack France as South Korea boss Bento QUITS after Brazil defeat

PORTUGAL manager Fernando Santos has spoken of his unhappiness at Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to being substituted last week against South Korea.

“Have I seen the images? Yes, I didn’t like it, not at all. I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it,” Fernando Santos said.

“But from that moment onwards everything is finished regarding that issue. These matters are resolved behind closed doors. It’s resolved.”

Elsewhere, Raheem Sterling missed England’s 3-0 World Cup win over Senegal after thugs broke into his home.

The thieves smashed into his home, as revealed by The Sun, forcing the Chelsea winger to fly back to the UK in the middle of the tournament.

England cruised to a 3-0 win over Senegal and will play France in the quarter-finals – after Les Blues dismantled Poland.

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Roy Keane hails England’s World Cup ‘swagger’ and urges Gareth Southgate and Co to ‘go for it’ in France quarter-final

ROY KEANE hailed England’s World Cup “swagger” and urged Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions to “go for it” against France.

England play the reigning 2018 holders on Saturday in the quarter-finals having seen off Senegal 3-0.

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Roy Keane hailed England’s World Cup ‘swagger’[/caption]

And Manchester United legend Keane talked up Southgate’s side’s chances.

He said on ITV: “At this stage of the competition you are going to be coming up against teams, they’ll always have one or two special players.

“But that’s part of the challenge. England have a bit of a swagger themselves.

“Of course, you have to look at the opposition and their strengths, but England should be brave and strong, and really go for it.”

France beat Poland 3-1 to progress into the last eight before England kept their third clean sheet in a row.

Goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka helped see off Senegal.

And ex-Liverpool manager Graeme Souness believes England’s style of play will strike fear into any rival opposition.

Souness said: “France will be concerned about playing against England. England are the team that no one wants to play.

“You can’t sit back and say, ‘I’m really enjoying that football’, like you would with Spain, and possibly tonight.

“But I’ll bet you none of the big teams want to play against England because they see how pragmatic they are, they give very few chances away.”

England play France at the Al Bayt Stadium, with the winner earning a spot in the semi-finals.

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England play France in the World Cup quarter-final[/caption]