NAZI SALUTE OUTRAGE ON SOCCER FIELD
Greek soccer player Giorgos Katidis has been banned for life after giving a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal.
GREEK soccer player Giorgos Katidis has been banned from his national team for life after giving a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal.
Greece’s soccer federation said in a statement the AEK Athens midfielder’s gesture was “a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.”
The 20-year-old Katidis gave a Nazi salute after scoring the go-ahead goal on Saturday in AEK’s 2-1 victory over Veria in the Greek league.
He pleaded ignorance of the meaning of his gesture – right arm extended and hand straightened. He claimed on his Twitter account he detested fascism.
AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis raises his hand in a Nazi style salute as Roger Guerreiro looks on. Picture: AP
AEK and the Greek league are considering separate sanctions. AEK fans have demanded Katidis’ dismissal from the team.Katidis has played for Greek national junior teams but not the senior side.
In 1996, Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich was fined 1,000 pounds and censured by England’s Football Association when he made a similar gesture during a match at Tottenham Hotspur, a club with a strong Jewish following.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich gives a Nazi salute to the crowd at Tottenham Hotspur in 1996. He was fined 1000 pounds.