Macedonian football leaders have issued a statement in which they report that they have requested “the most severe punishment” from UEFA for Arnautovic. The root of the matter is the player’s celebration of the goal. He shouted at the Macedonian players belonging to the Albanian minority, for the conflict in Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, which causes an open conflict between the two nations to continue.
The footballer has a Serbian father, which explains the shouts and insults he uttered about his rivals. From Serbia they point out that he said “shiptar”, a derogatory expression about the people of Albania. However, this has not been demonstrated with the images. The player is born in Austria, a country far from the conflict. Even his partner David Alaba reproached him on the grass for what happened.
This is how the statement reads:
“The Macedonian Football Federation strongly condemns the nationalist outburst of Austrian representative Marko Arnautovic, after a goal scored in yesterday’s match with Macedonia directed at Macedonian representative Ezdjan Alioski.
At the same time, we inform you that we have sent an official letter to UEFA demanding the most severe punishment for Austrian representative Marko Arnautovic. As ‘Casa del Fútbol’ we are always against nationalism, discrimination and all other forms of insults and outbursts that are not in the spirit of football and the values that we all hold together.
We will always stand up and defend the interests and dignity of Macedonian national players wherever they perform. “
The player wanted to apologize for what happened, through his social networks: “Yesterday there were some heated exchanges in excitement, for which I would like to apologize.especially my friends from North Macedonia and Albania. I want to make one thing clear: I am not a racist! I have friends in almost every country and I defend diversity. Everyone who knows me knows. To those who have felt alluded to: sorry, sorry, sorry. Let’s forget about it, it has nothing to do with football. ” Although the footballer’s lament arrived this Monday first thing in the morning, Macedonia has not let what happened and has already announced the sending of a letter of complaint to UEFA. Now, it will be the body that must decide.