Posted: Monday November 19, 2012 12:33 PM

Mandzukic told to avoid questionable gestures

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -The German Football Federation has told Bayern Munich's Croatian striker, Mario Mandzukic, to avoid any celebrations which could lead to "false interpretations.''

Mandzukic scored in a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg on Saturday, then ran toward Bayern's fans and raised his right arm in a stiff salute, a gesture interpreted by Serbian media and others as being in honor of two Croatian generals released a day earlier by the Hague Tribunal.

The federation wrote a letter to Mandzukic and Bayern midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri telling them to avoid such gestures in the future. Shaqiri raised his right arm in a typical military salute. He is a Swiss national who was born in Kosovo, an ethnic Albanian province that has declared independence from Serbia.

Both players denied any political intentions.
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