The Latest: North Macedonia wants Arnautović punished

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship:

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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.

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.”

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!”

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

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The defending champions are on the schedule to play their first match at this year’s European Championship. And so are the last two World Cup champions.

Portugal will be up first on Day 5 of Euro 2020 against Hungary in Budapest. Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal from breaking a tie with Michel Platini for most goals scored at the tournament.

Portugal beat France in the final five years ago to win its first major soccer title.

World Cup champion France will then face Germany in the late match. The Germans won the previous World Cup title in 2014.

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