Austria forward Marko Arnautovic has been slapped with a one-match ban ahead of
Austria’s clash with the Netherlands.
UEFA has handed Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic a suspension following his
outburst at Leeds United and North Macedonia player Gjanni Alioski at Euro 2020.
Arnautovic has received a one-match ban following the UEFA Appeals Body’s verdict
on Wednesday afternoon.
The former West Ham star, 32, scored his side’s third goal in the 89th minute to kill off
the game – won 3-1 by Austria.
Arnautovic was held back by David Alaba as he celebrated wildly.
After the game, furious North Macedonia players claimed Arnautovic had racially abused
them, insisting the player had directed ‘insults’ at Ezgjan Alioski and Egzon Bejtulai
– two players with Albanian roots.
Arnautovic is an ethnic Serb, a country that does not recognize the former Yugoslav state
as an independent nation.
North Macedonia released a scathing statement ‘demanding the harshest punishment’,
while Arnautovic denied any racism.
After an investigation, Uefa has decided to ban Arnautovic for one game – Thursday
night’s clash with Holland.