Euro 2020: North Macedonia wants Arnautovic punished

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North Macedonian soccer federation says the outburst was directed at Ezgjan Alioski. Alioski is a North Macedonian of Albanian origin.

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PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 01:41 PM IST

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The North Macedonian soccer federation says it has submitted an official request to UEFA asking for Austria striker Marko Arnautović to be punished for a nationalist outburst after he scored a goal at the European Championship.

The federation says the outburst was directed at Ezgjan Alioski. Alioski is a North Macedonian of Albanian origin. (EURO 2020 Full Coverage)

The federation says “we are always against nationalism, discrimination and all other forms of insults and outbursts that are not in the spirit of football.”

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Arnautović scored the final goal in Austria’s 3-1 victory over North Macedonia at Euro 2020 on Sunday. He wrote in an Instagram post that he was sorry for what happened.

He acknowledged “some heated words in the emotions for which I would like to apologize.”

Arnautović then wrote in capital letters “I AM NOT A RACIST!”

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The Albanian minority forms about a quarter of North Macedonia’s 2.1 million population.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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