Marko Arnautovic banned for one match for insulting player in Austria’s win over

Marko Arnautovic has been given a one-match ban for insulting another player during Austria’s 3-1 victory over North Macedonia.

He will miss Austria’s Euro 2020 match against the Netherlands on Thursday.

Arnautovic, who came on as a second-half substitute and struck late in Sunday’s victory, appeared furious as he celebrated his goal before captain David Alaba stepped in to restrict him.

He apologised for his angry reaction towards North Macedonia supporters, but denied using racist language against them.

Some media reports said that the 32-year-old’s anger was also directed at North Macedonian players Egzon Bejtulai and Gjanni Alioski, both of whom have Albanian roots.

“There were some heated words yesterday in the emotions of the game for which I would like to apologise – especially to my friends from North Macedonia and Albania,” Arnautovic, who has Serbian background, said on Instagram.

“I would like to say one thing very clearly: I am not a racist. I have friends in almost every country and I stand for diversity. Everyone who knows me is aware of that.”

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