ATHENS, Greece — Greek soccer player Giorgos Katidis has been banned from his national team for life after giving a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal in the topflight league.
Greece’s soccer federation said Sunday in a statement that the AEK Athens midfielder’s gesture “is a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.”
The 20-year-old Katidis gave a Nazi salute after scoring the go-ahead goal 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 that he detests fascism.
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.
WTF kind of penalty system is in place over in Greece. The kid just scored the go ahead goal, wins for his team, in a sport where scoring happens rarely as it is, and throws up a salute joking around. There’s crazier shit that happens to ban people for life than throwing up the pro-hitler salute. Look we have murders winning Super Bowl trophies here in the US. Forgive and forget, shit could have been worse, he didn’t go balls deep and add the swanky mustache and top hat.
Ο χαιρετισμός του Γιώργου Κατίδη! by kokoretsi