Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Team ban for Nazi salute star

AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis raises his hand in a Nazi style salute as he celebrates scoring the winner in a Greek league gaame against Veria in Athens' Olympic Stadium
AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis raises his hand in a Nazi style salute as he celebrates scoring the winner in a Greek league gaame against Veria in Athens' Olympic Stadium

A Greek footballer has been banned from all Greek national teams for life for making a Nazi salute on the pitch.

The Hellenic Football Federation said the action by AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis was "a profound insult to all victims of Nazi atrocities" and they condemned it "unequivocally".

The federation said the ban was a unanimous decision. AEK have demanded an apology from him.

Katidis raised his right arm in an apparent Nazi salute after scoring the winning goal in his side's 2-1 Super League win over Veria.

The 20-year-old insisted he did not know the meaning of the gesture. He claimed he was pointing to injured team-mate Michalis Pavlis, who was in the crowd.

Katidis has not been capped at senior level.

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