The North Macedonian national team will be without striker Ilija Nestorovski in the World Cup qualifier against Germany on Wednesday (8.45 p.m.) in Duisburg. The 31-year-old professional from the Italian first division club Udinese Calcio was removed from the squad by national coach Igor Angelovski for disciplinary reasons.
Nestorovski had rushed to a TV camera after his goal to make it 5-0 (1-0) in the World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein on Sunday (82nd, penalty kick) and uttered curses there before he opened his finger put his lips on. “The insult was intended for three people who have threatened and insulted me and my family for three days,” he wrote on Instagram, without naming the addressees: “They know exactly who they are.”
He later apologized “to anyone who thought the words were addressed to the public. They are not addressed to the public, but, as I said, to certain people.” He attacked them consciously and “with a cool head”. The attacker emphasized that his love for North Macedonia and the national team was beyond question.
“First of all, I am glad that he apologized and explained why he did it,” said coach Angelovski on Monday: “But such behavior by a member of the national team cannot go unpunished, which is why he canceled his commitments for the game against Germany is liberated. “