Saving Valon Behrami

By: Valon Xoxa    June 20, 2014

“I did not do it for football, I did it for humanity” says Alex Pedrazzini , MP of Ticino Canton from the CVP (Christian Democratic Party) as he explains how he was set on preventing the deportation of Valon Behrami years ago.

If it wasn’t for Alex Pedrazzini a parliamentary at the Testina Canton from CVP, Switzerland might be missing one of its key football players. Valon Behrami’s family is forever grateful for the work that Pedrazzini did in keeping Behrami from deportation.

Back in 1998, Behrami’s family was refused permission to stay in Switzerland. Mr. Ragip, Valon Behrami’s father, had only one option, to turn to Mr. Pedrazzini. Their sons played football for the same team so the two families had a friendly history. “Listen Alex, I need your help!” were Ragip Behrami’s words. 16 years later, Mr. Pedrazzini admits that it really was his intervention that was the deciding act on keeping the Behrami family in Switzerland.

“I did not do it for football, I did it for humanity” says Mr. Pedrazzini in retrospective. He argues that once he examined the family history and records, he found enough evidence to support a case in favor of the Behrami family.

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Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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