Marko Arnautovic issues apology as lip readers study furious celebration


Marko Arnautovic has issued a statement on social media as lip readers study his goal celebration from Austria’s win over North Macedonia.

The former Stoke City forward made a big impact when he came off the bench in his side’s Euro 2020 opener, helping secure a vital three points.

And he showed raw emotion as he rolled in the third, to the extent that pal David Alaba had to physically try to shut his mouth while he screamed.

Lip readers in Serbia, Albania, Austria and North Macedonia have tried to interpret what he was shouting – and there have been allegations of racism.

Arnautovic responded with a message on social media, saying: “There were some heated words yesterday in the emotions of the game for which I would like to apologize – especially to my friends from North Macedonia and Albania.

“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.”



Marko Arnautovic (L) speaks with North Macedonia defender Ezgjan Alioski at the end of their Euro 2020 group game.
Marko Arnautovic (L) speaks with North Macedonia defender Ezgjan Alioski at the end of their Euro 2020 group game.



Marko Arnautovic's message on Instagram as lip readers analyse his celebration from Austria against North Macedonia.
Marko Arnautovic’s message on Instagram as lip readers analyse his celebration from Austria against North Macedonia.

Austria sports director Peter Schöttel considered the matter ‘resolved’.

He told Krone. “Trash talk is part of football. Thirty or 40 years ago my opponent didn’t say anything nice to me at times, and neither did I.

“The most important thing is that Marko has made it clear that he has nothing to do with politics. The second is that it was cleared out after the game. Afterwards they stood together for a while and discussed everything. The topic has been resolved.”

It remains to be seen if Uefa investigate the incident.

Austria are next in action against Holland on Thursday.





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