The celebration that got AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis banned from the Greek national team for life. (AP/INTIME)
Things to never, ever do: Celebrate with a Nazi salute. That is precisely what Greek soccer player Giorgos Katidis did following a goal during topflight league play, and now he has been banned from his national team for life.
The AEK Athens midfielder appeared to give a Nazi salute following a goal during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Veria. The league responded to the celebration, stating it ”is a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.”
Katidis denied giving the salute on his Twitter account, however, his comments weren’t enough to sway Greece’s soccer federation from banning him for life.
‘I am not a fascist and would not have done it if I had known what it meant.’
The 21-year-old player may also receive further repercussions for his actions as AEK fans are demanding that he be released from the team.
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