Xhaka’s dad fumes at journalist after she slams Arsenal star’s ‘disgraceful’ gesture in Switzerland’s World Cup win

GRANIT XHAKA’s father hit out at a journalist after she hit out at the Arsenal star for his “disgraceful” gesture.

The 30-year-old Swiss midfielder embraced his manhood during Friday’s highly-charged 3-2 win over Serbia.

Granit Xhaka made the rude gesture on Friday


Granit Xhaka made the rude gesture on FridayCredit: https://www.krone.at/2875474
Zana Avdiu has criticized the midfielder


Zana Avdiu has criticized the midfielderCredit: https://www.instagram.com/zana.avdiuu/

Xhaka sparked a massive pitch invasion and brawl when he made the move in front of the Serbian bench and appeared to aim a comment at back-up goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic.

It was Rajkovic whose wife was rumored to be having an affair with teammate Dusan Vlahovic, a suggestion the Serbian striker has vehemently denied.

Xhaka was also at the center of the stoppage-time stoppage, which saw him taken by the throat by goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic and threatened by Aleksandar Mitrovic and Nikola Milenkovic.

He then further angered Serbia by celebrating the victory in a shirt with Jashari on the back – Adam Jashari founded the Kosovo Liberation Army – but escaped punishment from Fifa.

But it was his mischievous gesture that has caused a storm ahead of Switzerland’s round of 16 clash with Portugal.

Kosovar activist and journalist Zana Avdiu raged on Facebook: “Granit Xhaka’s act is a disgrace. An act of a street boy.”

He added to TV channel T7: “What does it say about our society when we celebrate such a gesture?”

The rest of the panel – all men – tried to silence Avdiu claiming that he “does not understand the emotions of a footballer” or even the gesture itself.

But Avdiu replied: “I’ll explain it to you: Granit Xhaka’s gesture symbolizes sexual assault.”

However, things heated up when Xhaka’s father Ragip joined the show over the phone.

Addressing Avdiu only in the third person, Xhaka Sr said: “If you call Granit Xhaka a street urchin, it’s a big shame!

“The woman who sits on this show and has no idea about sports, emotions or Albanians.

“These people insult their mother, their wife and their children, make a series of gestures, chant ‘Kill the Albanians!’, ‘Kosovo is Serbia!’ and she says Granit one street boys.

“The Xhaka family has never given up and will not give up. Granit’s gesture was neither political nor sexist.

“Granite is Granite. He did not make this gesture to offend anyone.

“I warn you again: you have to be careful what you write about the Xhaka family.”

Avdiu replied, “What else is going on?”

Xhaka replied: “I will tell you later what happens. You will have to answer for yourself in all respects.

“But when the time comes, it will be too late, I guarantee it with my life. Because you don’t know the Xhaka family.”

Xhaka’s father, who is from Albania and moved to Switzerland before sons Granit and Taulant were born, also noted that his son has campaigned and supported Albanian women who were raped during the war from Kosovo.

He added: “He is putting his career on the line and telling the world who raped our Albanian mothers, sisters and children – more than 20,000 victims.”

Xhaka's father Ragip publicly defended his son


Xhaka’s father Ragip publicly defended his sonCredit: Getty
Xhaka was at the heart of the action in the win over Serbia


Xhaka was at the heart of the action in the win over SerbiaCredit: Reuters

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