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March 17, 2013 12:06 pm

Greek Soccer Star Banned from National Team for Making Nazi Salute

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Screen shot of Greek soccer player Giorgos Katidis giving Nazi salute. Photo: Youtube

A Greek soccer player has been banned from the Greek national team for life for making a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal.

The Hellenic Football Federation announced Sunday that AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis‘s actions were “a profound insult to all victims of Nazi atrocities” and condemned it “unequivocally and categorically.”

The 20-year-old Katidis gave a Nazi salute after scoring the go-ahead goal Saturday in his team’s 2-1 victory over Veria in the Greek league. He pleaded ignorance of the meaning of his gesture, claiming on his Twitter account that he detests fascism.

“I abhor fascism. I would not have done it if I knew that it meant something. I know the consequences and would not do it ever.”

AEK have demanded an apology from the player and said the board would meet to decide his future.

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  • Eric R.

    If we ban Nazis from National teams, we should also ban Communists and Muslim players who express support for Hamas and Hezbollah, since those are also racist groups.

    And yes, I’m Jewish.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    You know, I actually believe this imbecile. The international community has become so docile when it comes to protecting Jews, that it is highly conceivable that this idiot thought he was making some kind of meaningless or macho gesture. I blame the Olympic Commiteed for not sanctioning the moment of silence for the dead Jewish athletes in Munich in 1972. It is the Olympic Committee that are the real fascists. If you cannot memorialize your own athletes for heaven’s sake what message is that giving about how they are regarded? The truth is, that the athletes are now considered chattel after the rules were changed and professionals allowed to compete.
    I agree that who should give a rat’s ass about a Pro ballplayer making millions who decides that he would like to ‘broaden his horizons’ and compete with amatuers? The point is, however, that 1n 1972 they were just athletes. And they lost their lives trying to fulfill the true spirit of Olympic competition. This was tragic, and the crassness of the Olympic Commitee has led the way to this idiot soccer player making Nazi gestures when he has no ideal even what they mean.

    • Eve

      Lawrence –
      I think you are absolutely right on all counts.