Austria forward Marko Arnautovic has been suspended from the team's game against the Netherlands on Thursday for insulting a North Macedonian opponent.
Arnautovic was charged with ``insulting another player'' under UEFA's disciplinary rules.
He was accused by the North Macedonian soccer federation of insulting Ezgjan Alioski. Alioski's family roots are Albanian. Arnautovic's father is Serbian and his mother is Austrian.
Arnautovic could have been banned for 10 games if UEFA had found his comments to be racist or insulting based on ethnic origin.
Arnautovic later apologized on Instagram for ``some heated words'' and said he was not a racist.
Netherlands coach Frank de Boer says ``it's a shame (for Austria) because he's a very good player.''
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