AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis has received a lifetime ban from all national sides by the Greek FA after he appeared to perform a Nazi salute towards the supporters after scoring a late winner in Athens’s 2-1 victory over the low-lying Veria in a Super League tie on Saturday evening.
The Greek FA were outraged with the 19 year old’s actions, and rightly so. This is what they had to say on the matter
“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,”
Understand? Neither do we. But his tweets have been translated, and he has said this.
“I am not a fascist and would not have done it if I had known what it meant,”
Unfortunately, he will find it particularly difficult to be given the benefit of the doubt by the millions who will eventually see this video, and his excuse for his salute is rather sketchy, as the player claims he was simply pointing towards a sick friend and team mate in the crowd.
Pretty hard to believe his version of events, one must say.
Decide for yourself and watch the video here.