Euro 2020: Austria’s Marko Arnautovic to miss Netherlands match; suspended for controversial goal celebration

Euro 2020: Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic has been suspended by UEFA for his controversial goal celebration against North Macedonia.
Euro 2020: Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic has been suspended by UEFA for his controversial goal celebration against North Macedonia.

Euro 2020: Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic has been suspended by UEFA for his controversial goal celebration against North Macedonia.

Austria will now have to face the Netherlands on Thursday without the service of the 32 year old. The story began after he struck a late goal to ensure his team’s victory against North Macedonia. He allegedly made some gesture to a Macedonian player during his celebration.

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Euro 2020: Austria’s Marko Arnautovic to miss Netherlands match-  Some reports claimed his remarks appeared towards defender Ezgjan Alioski who is of Albanian origin. Arnautovic has Serbian background and Serbia has its own tension with North Macedonia.

Football Federation of Macedonia registered a complaint with UEFA after they that football’s governing body opened an investigation and decided to ban the player from the next match. However, it remains to be seen what future course of action UEFA takes.

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A statement confirmed that UEFA’s appeals body decided to “suspend Austrian Football Association player, Marko Arnautovic, for the next (1) UEFA representative team competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible, for insulting another player”

Euro 2020 Austria Squad 

Goalkeepers: Daniel Bachmann (Watford), Pavao Pervan (Wolfsburg), Alexander Schlager (LASK)

Defenders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Aleksandar Dragovic (Leverkusen), Marco Friedl (Werder Bremen), Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt), Stefan Lainer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Philipp Lienhart (Freiburg), Stefan Posch (Hoffenheim), Christopher Trimmel (Union Berlin), Andreas Ulmer (Salzburg)

Midfielders: Julian Baumgartlinger (Leverkusen), Christoph Baumgartner (Hoffenheim), Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim), Stefan Ilsanker (Eintracht Frankfurt), Konrad Laimer (Leipzig), Valentino Lazaro (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig), Louis Schaub (Luzern), Xaver Schlager (Wolfsburg), Alessandro Schöpf (Schalke)

Forwards: Marko Arnautovic (Shanghai), Michael Gregoritsch (Augsburg), Sasa Kalajdzic (Stuttgart), Karim Onisiwo (Mainz)