GRANIT XHAKA has been dubbed a “mentality monster” after getting under the skin of the bench of TOTAL Serbia.
Xhaka featured in Switzerland’s 3-2 win over Serbia to secure a place in the last 16 of the World Cup.
With Switzerland leading 3-2 in the second half, the Arsenal star then pointed to the bench by grabbing his NUTS.
That act was reminiscent of Dusan Vlahovic, who scored in the first half and celebrated by packing his nuts to hit back at claims he was having an affair with a team-mate’s wife.
The Serbian camp didn’t take it well and stormed onto the field to create a scuffle in the midst of a heated exchange.
The game ended with a staggering 11 yellow cards for both sides, with Serbia receiving a total of five after Xhaka’s gesture.
He was then involved AGAIN when he was booked late in the game for a bust with Nikola Milenkovic.
But online fans praised Xhaka’s ability to crush his opponents.
One user said, “Mentality monster who mastered the dark arts without losing his head… he unlocked another level.”
A second user added: “🤣🤣 Xhaka shook her up.”
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A third explained: “If Xhaka wasn’t a footballer… he would have been a mafia gang leader.”
A fourth said: “Xhaka, you are a threat. And I love it lol.”
After the game, Xhaka told reporters, “You can hear from my voice that I’m a bit hoarse, but there were a lot of emotions at play tonight.
“But in general it was fair enough because we wanted to win this game and we’re very proud to be in the round of 16.”
Serbia and Switzerland have bad blood between them when it comes to the ethnicity of some Swiss players.
Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri have previously celebrated with the Albanian eagle – the nationalist symbol of their ethnic heritage.
Shaqiri was born in Kosovo (a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008).
Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence and relations remain strained as many families choose to move to other European countries, including Switzerland.
Xhaka celebrated at the end of the game wearing the jersey of young Swiss sub Ardon Jashiri, who happens to share a surname with famous Kosovan freedom fighter Adem Jashiri, who was killed by the Serbs.
But Xhaka insisted: “There was nothing political at all. I was just showing my happiness for my young teammate.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6829256/fans-granit-xhaka-dark-arts-serbia-switzerland-world-cup/ Fans are calling Granit Xhaka a ‘master of the dark arts’ as they witness the moment the Arsenal star landed on GANZ Serbia’s bench at the World Cup