The federation wants to clarify what happened during Austria-North Macedonia at Euro 2020
The Uefa opened adisciplinary investigation against the Austrian Marko Arnautovic, who on Sunday admitted having uttered offensive words during the European victory against North Macedonia (3-1). “An ethics and disciplinary inspector” has been appointed to investigate the incident involving the 32-year-old forward, UEFA said in a statement, without providing further details.
This is the first phase of the disciplinary procedure, aimed atascertainment of the facts, while UEFA has not yet indicated which violation of its regulation can be attributed to Arnautovic.
The player, of Serbian origin yesterday, is apologized on Instagram with his “friends from North Macedonia and Albania”, referring to “exchanges heated in the excitement of the match”, without revealing the content of his words. Several media had reported insults outside Leeds Ezgjan Alioski, with references to his Albanian origins, after Arnautovic had scored the third goal of the match won 3-1 by “Das Team” in Bucharest.
The television footage shows the teammate David praise trying to silence him, while the Austrian players celebrate the goal. “I would like to say one thing very clearly: I AM NOT RACIST!“, Arnautovic insisted yesterday, stating that he” defends diversity “.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Let’s forget everything, it’s not part of football,” he told reporters, according to comments reported by the Austrian news agency APA. The Football Association of North Macedonia (FFM) condemned the incident. “We have sent one official letter to UEFA asking for a very severe fine for Arnautovic“, reads a note.
Last April the Uefa disciplinary imposed ten games of disqualification on the Czech defender Ondrej Kudela for “racist behavior” against the Rangers player Kamara in a Europa League round of 16 match that was played in Glasgow, depriving him of the Euro.