Marko Arnautovic appears to spit at Dutch opponent

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Austria are going into Euro 2016 as the dark horses.

Plenty of pundits have backed the 40/1 shots to upset the odds in France this summer and their team on paper looks good enough to reach the latter stages of the competition, at least.

However, they will enter the tournament shrouded in controversy following their final warm-up friendly against Netherlands.


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That’s because one of their star players, Marko Arnautovic, appeared to spit at opponent Kenny Tete during their 2-0 defeat against Netherlands on Saturday evening.

The Stoke attacker clashed with Tete and the Ajax defender appeared adamant that Arnautovic has spat at him. The referee obviously hadn't seen it and Arnautovic went unpunished.

While it’s inconclusive whether he had actually spat at him, the reaction from Tete seems pretty conclusive.

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Goals from Vincent Janssen and Georginio Wijnaldum saw the Dutch claim yet another victory following friendly wins against Wales, England and Poland.

Of course, Netherlands won’t be appearing at Euro 2016 which begins next week. La Oranje came fourth in their qualifying group which Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey and are the highest-profile nation not appearing in France.

Meanwhile, Austria have a favourable draw in the group stage facing Portugal, Iceland and Hungary and are expected to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Players such as Arnautovic, David Alaba and Marc Janko have the ability to surprise a few people in the coming weeks.

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