The UEFA has opened an investigation into the goal celebration of Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic in the Sunday’s Euro Cup match against North Macedonia, which accuses him of presumably uttering Racist insults.
As explained on Tuesday by the governing body of European football, an Ethics and Discipline researcher must determine if there was any violation of the regulations during the duel held on Sunday in the Bucharest National Stadium.
This Monday, the North Macedonia team sent a letter to UEFA “demanding the strongest punishment” for the attacker, author of the final 3-1 for Austria and whom he accused of celebrating the goal with insults and racist gestures. “We are against nationalism, discrimination and all other forms of insults and outbursts that are not part of the spirit of football and the values that we all represent together,” said the body.
Arnautovic was accused of insulting a Macedonian player after his goal, but the forward defended himself by ensuring that “never” has been “racist”. “And I will never be. It was a heated exchange in the midst of emotions, from both sides. My friends are from all over the world,” he said from the concentration of his selection where, despite everything, he apologized.
The incident was reportedly triggered by the war in Kosovo. Arnautovic, whose father is Serbian, would have addressed Ezgjan Alioski, of Albanian origin, while the captain of Austria, David Alaba, was quick to calm his teammate.