Marko Arnautovic has been suspended for one match by UEFA. The Austria striker was seen gesturing in the direction of Ezgjan Alioski and allegedly shouting “I’m f*cking your Albanian mother” after scoring in Austria’s 3-1 win over North Macedonia. He took to social media following the incident to apologise, insisting that his words were not racially charged. But UEFA have made the decision to ban him for one game for using insulting language.
WHAT DID ARNAUTOVIC SAY?
“There were some warmed words yesterday in the feelings of the game for which I might want to APOLOGIZE – particularly to my companions from North Macedonia and Albania,” he composed on Instagram.
“I MIGHT WANT TO SAY ONE THING UNMISTAKABLY: I AM NOT A RACIST! I HAVE COMPANIONS IN PRETTY MUCH EVERY COUNTRY AND I REPRESENT VARIETY. EACH AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL WHO REALIZES ME KNOWS ABOUT THAT.”
WHAT DID UEFA SAY?
Arnautovic may have said unfortunately he has been suspended in any case – despite the fact that UEFA’s official statement made no notice of prejudice.
“THE UEFA APPEALS BODY HAS CHOSEN TO SUSPEND AUSTRIAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYER, MARKO ARNAUTOVIC, FOR THE FOLLOWING (1) UEFA DELEGATE GROUP CONTEST MATCH FOR WHICH HE WOULD BE GENERALLY QUALIFIED, FOR OFFENDING ANOTHER PLAYER.”
THE MASTER PLAN
With Arnautovic having had a moment effect when falling off the seat against North Macedonia, the information on his suspension will sting fans that had been relying on him to represent a danger to the Netherlands.
In reality, even Dutch manager Frank de Boer noticed his nonappearance as a major blow, telling a public interview on Wednesday: “This is obviously a pity for Austria, they will miss him.
“FOR US IT IS A BENEFIT. HE QUICKLY HAD THE EFFECT AGAINST NORTH MACEDONIA AFTER HE WENT AHEAD.”