Greek Soccer Player Banned For Nazi Salute

Well this is maybe not the best celebration.

1. During a Greek Super League soccer match AEK Athens’ Giorgos Katidis scored a game-winning goal.

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2. Look how excited he is!

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3. Aw he’s pointing at the fans. That’s great!

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4. And… What… Is he… Is that the Nazi salute? Did he just do the Nazi salute?

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5. Yep. Yep he did the Nazi salute.

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6. Originally Katidis claimed that he wasn’t saluting but actually pointing at a friend in the stands. He then apologized and said he didn’t know what the gesture meant.

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One member of his club attempted to pull down the player’s arm to no avail.

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Katidis was banned for life by Greece from representing his country in International contests. He made the following statement about the act.

“I want to clarify that I am not a fascist or neo-Nazi or racist. I have a step-brother from Puerto Rico, and all my family are from the Black Sea and have experienced racism in the worst ways.” He added: “I sincerely apologize to my teammates and everyone involved with the club that I have insulted in not knowing exactly what I had done in my celebration. Nonetheless, the fact that I did not know what I was doing is no excuse.”

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10. Giorgos Katidis: Dummy.


H/T Robert Mackey at the New York Times.

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