Ilco Naumoski (R); photo:

More problems for Ilco Naumoski

Ilco Naumoski (R); photo: sport10.atIlco Naumoski was given a straight red card in the 9th minute of today’s game as he continues to have disciplinary issues.

The problems continue for the player who is labeled “the scandal boy” in Austrian media.  That player is Macedonian international Ilco Naumoski who continues to have problems with cards and was given a straight red card during today’s game away to Admira.  We did not see the incident that led to the red card but reading analysis of the game, Ilco was given a straight red card for allegedly assaulting Admira player Stefan Schwab during a duel.  The referee immediately gave Naumoski a straight red card and Mattersburg found itself in a difficult situation.  Admira eventually won the game 2:1 although they also finished the game with ten men after a red card was shown to one of their players in the 67th minute.

Picking up yellow and red cards is nothing new for Naumoski.  During his seven year stint with Mattersburg, Ilco has received a total of 66 yellow cards and seven red cards, five being two yellow cards during a game and two straight red cards.  Just in this early season, in four rounds, Naumoski has three yellow cards and now a red card.  He picked up a yellow card in each of the first three league game and then he was given the straight red card during today’s game.  Naumoski is disliked by most Austrian fans and does not have a good reputation with the referees.  However, the Mattersburg president feels Ilco is a good guy but his problem is that he is too emotional.  Mattersburg continues to give him chance after chance but how long can this go on?  Naumoski is now 28 years old but still hasn’t learned his lessons as he continues to make the same mistakes.

He was involved in many scandals throughout his career.  He was suspended for five games last year for swearing at a referee during a preseason friendly, then he allegedly punched the kit manager of Magna which led to another suspension, and he also choked his teammate Robert Waltner during a game last year while Waltner was trying to hold back Naumoski from going after the referee.  Two years ago, Naumoski was also involved in an incident during a training for the Macedonian national team with Goran Popov.  There was an argument between Popov and Goce Sedloski and then Naumoski had to be held back by several teammates while he tried to go after Popov.  His temper has pretty much ruined his career and any chance of playing for a more prestigious club.  He was a highly regarded prospect as a young player and has scored 40 goals for Mattersburg during his stay there but that has been overshadowed by his disciplinary problems.

Naumoski was not called up by caretaker manager Boban Banunski during the friendly against Azerbaijan.  It remains to be seen whether the new manager John Toshack plans to include Naumoski during his first game in charge against Russia in early September.  Naumoski has been a regular for the Macedonian national team and has scored nine goals in 43 appearances.  He was originally born in Prilep but spent most of his upbringing in Austria.  He was a product of the Rapid Wien youth system but never played for their first team as he made his name with Grazer AK and Mattersburg.

The Austrian football association will surely investigate the incident further and could decide to hand Naumoski a lenghtier suspension than one or two games.  He is a repeat offender so Naumoski will not get the benefit of the doubt.

To watch the incident, click here.

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