The Nazi salute is a well known gesture that is recognizable by most individuals throughout the world, especially those that have been directly affected by the regime.
In Greece yesterday, AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis raised his right arm in the salute after scoring the winning goal in his side’s 2-1 Super League win over Veria. But the Hellenic Football Federation did not give a slap on his wrist, they banned him from all Greek national teams for life calling his action ‘a profound insult to all victims of Nazi atrocities’ and condemned it ‘unequivocally and categorically’, according to the Daily Mail.
But they didn’t stop there. In a statement from the Federation they said:
“The player’s action to salute to spectators in a Nazi manner is a severe provocation, insults all the victims of Nazi bestiality and injures the deeply pacifist and human character of the game.”
Now the flipside to the incident or Katidis’ claim is that he did not know the meaning of holding his arm of in that way and that he was simply pointing to teammate Michalis Pavlis that was sitting in the crowd unable to play due to an injury.
He gave this statement on Twitter:
“I am not racist in any way. 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.”
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