Former West Ham United striker and current David Moyes target Marko Arnautovic grabbed headlines at Euro 2020 with a furious goal celebration aimed at Leeds United’s Ezgjan Alioski.
Moyes has admitted he could look to bring Arnautovic back to West Ham United this summer.
Meanwhile Leeds look set to lose Alioski – potentially controversially to their bitter rivals Galatasaray.
Former Hammers star Arnautovic linked with return and grabs headlines at Euro 2020
Arnautovic has been heavily linked with a return to West Ham in every window since his departure.
The Austrian was a revelation when Moyes converted him to a striker in his first spell at West Ham.
But he left the Hammers on a sour note, demanding a big money move to China just months after signing a bumper new deal in east London.
The Austrian striker looks lean and mean and if he is trying to impress Moyes then he started in the right way, scoring in a 3-1 win over North Macedonia on Sunday.
West Ham target’s furious goal celebration towards Leeds man explained?
But it was the former West Ham man’s furious goal celebration which grabbed all the attention.
The former West Ham forward was seen screaming and shouting at Leeds player Alioski after he put the ball into the back of the net.
Arnie had to be calmed down by his teammate David Alaba.
It has sparked questions across social media as to why Arnie was so vexed.
And it appears the reason could be linked to his Serbian heritage and the tensions and rivalry with Albania and Macedonia.
There is bad blood between Serbia and Albania dating back many years. The history of the beef is too complex to get into in a football news article. And there are also some tensions between former Yugoslavian nations Serbia and Macedonia.
Arnautovic is fiercely proud of his Serbian roots – his father is Serbian. But he grew up playing football in Austria after his family relocated there when Arnautovic’s dad married his Austrian mother.
Choosing Austria over Serbia has been the source of criticism for Arnautovic during encounters against certain countries in the past.
Leeds man Alioski is part Albanian but elected to play for the country of his birth, North Macedonia.
Serbia, Albania, Yugoslavian rivalry behind Arnie’s outburst towards Alioski
Leeds fans will also be well aware that Alisoki likes to wind opposition up.
And the suggestion from Eastern European sports website Sport Blic is that there had been some needle between Leeds’s Alioski and former West Ham star Arnautovic relating to their Serbian, Albanian, Yugoslav rivalry.
“The football player of Serbian origin scored 3-1 in the finish, and then entered into a verbal clash with Ezdjan Alioski,” Sport Blic reports.
“After scoring a goal, Arnautovic quickly decided not to rejoice, but to say something to the player of the rival team, Alios, and cursed him in Serbian, which could be read from the lips of the Austrian national team player.
“Alioski understood him as well, the Macedonian representative of Albanian blood cursed the players in the Premier League in Serbian, and now he was the “victim” of one such clash.”