The Austrian attacker will miss their Group C fixture against Holland
Marko Arnautovic was at the centre of a controversial incident last Sunday as he celebrated Austria’s third goal by allegedly levelling abuse towards North Macedonia’s Ezgjan Alioski. Arnautovic has received a one-match ban for the incident.
The celebration, which caused a furious reaction from both the Macedonian team and his own captain David Alaba, has now cost the 32-year-old the chance to feature against the Netherlands on Thursday evening (8 pm KO).
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Arnautovic came off the bench on the hour mark to score Austria’s third goal and kick-start their tournament with a precious 3-1 victory.
His aggressive celebration which included roaring towards the opposition and allegedly sharing some unpleasent insults caught far more headlines than the finish itself, however.
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Marko Arnautovic ban.
In the aftermath of the game, Uefa appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to investigate the incident after the North Macedonian FA lodged a complaint about the conduct of the former Stoke City man.
Although Serbian outlet Informer reported that Arnautovic told Leeds United’s Aliioski “I f***ed your Albanian mother”, the panel could not prove that he insulted the player’s ‘ethnic origin’.
As a result, Arnautovic will serve a one-match ban and return for their Group C decider against Ukraine.
NEW: Arnautovic gets one-match ban only for insulting another player – UEFA panel clearly felt was not proof of insulting player's ethnic origin. Still, he misses match v Holland
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Arnautovic claims he made no racist comments towards Allioski
Arnautovic apologised for his conduct and insisted ‘I am not a racist’ despite the accusations made against him.
“There were some heated words yesterday in the emotions of the game for which I would like to apologise, especially to my friends from North Macedonia and Albania,” said Arnautovic on social media.
“I would like to say one thing very clearly. I am not a racist. I have friends in almost every country and I stand for diversity. Everyone who knows me is aware of that.”
Arnautovic helped his country to a 3-1 victory against the Macedonians last weekend but Austria now face the difficulty of finding a result against the Netherlands without their star attacker.
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