BERN, Switzerland (AP) — The president of Switzerland’s soccer federation says he won’t resign amid tense relations with the players after the World Cup, though he will not stand for re-election next year.
Peter Gillieron hosted a press conference Friday to address the fallout from Switzerland’s Round of 16 exit, and a subsequent debate about the loyalty of players with dual nationality. That followed pro-Kosovo goal celebrations in a group-stage win against Serbia.
The federation’s CEO-like secretary general, Alex Miescher, resigned just days after seeming to question its commitment to Swiss-eligible players whose family links meant they could represent other countries.
The comments angered midfielder Granit Xhaka, who made a hand gesture of a double-headed Albanian eagle after scoring against Serbia.
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Federation officials on Friday acknowledged communication errors and pledged more work to help integrate players.