North Macedonia demand Marko Arnautovic suffers ‘harshest punishment’
If Marko Arnautovic was hoping that writing a message on Instagram saying “I’m not a racist” was going to be enough to end his controversy after the North Macedonia game, the Austrian striker seems massively mistaken.
The North Macedonia FA have taken to Facebook to call on UEFA to take action against Arnautovic.
While the North Macedonians haven’t specified what penalty they want Arnautovic to suffer, they did call on UEFA to apply “the harshest punishment for Arnautovic.”
The North Macedonian statement in full read:
The FFM strongly condemns the nationalistic outburst of Austrian player Marko Arnautovic, after a goal scored in yesterday’s match, addressed to Ezgjan Alioski.
At the same time, we inform you that we have submitted an official letter to UEFA demanding the harshest punishment for Arnautovic.
We are always against nationalism, discrimination and all other forms of insults and outbursts that are not in the spirit of football and values that we all stand together.
We will always stand up and defend the interests and dignity of Macedonian national players wherever they perform.
It’s also interesting to notice which picture was attached to the Facebook post.
Rather than selecting an image of Arnautovic during his rant, an image of the striker’s eye-catching hand gesture was selected instead.
What Arnautovic said vs North Macedonia
On Monday, reports surfaced about what Arnautovic said after he scored Austria’s third goal versus North Macedonia.
Serbian outlet Informer claimed that the forward cursed in the direction of Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski, saying, “I’m f****** your Albanian mother.”
Whilst the words are yet to be verified, Arnautovic posted an apology, of sorts, on Instagram on Monday.
Arnautovic said “I AM NOT RACIST” and that he has “friends in almost every country.”
Marko Arnautovic basically confirmed on instagram that he insulted Alioski and his albanian origins.@UEFA @EURO2020 anyone will punish this guy or is UEFA into selective justice now?#Austria #Arnautovic #UefaEuro2020 #UEFA pic.twitter.com/f7wy4l2oMT
— Kosovo is Dardania🧭 (@Dardha93) June 14, 2021
Could Arnautovic be banned for Austria vs Netherlands?
Austria’s next match is on Thursday in Amsterdam against the Netherlands.
There’s no indication, right now, that UEFA could ban Arnautovic from competing against the Dutch.
That said, Kicker report that UEFA have opened an investigation against Arnautovic in the wake of the North Macedonia statement.
Kicker claim “Marko Arnautovic faces a penalty after celebrating his goal against North Macedonia. UEFA is investigating.”
It’s worth remembering that during the 2018 World Cup, Switzerland recorded a memorable 2-1 win over Serbia.
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri were fined after the Serbia game, after they displayed political celebrations in the game.
Both Xhaka and Shaqiri, plus Stephan Lichtsteiner, performed a two-headed eagle gesture: which is the symbol on Albania’s national flag.
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