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article imageGreek footballer Giorgos Katidis five-match ban for Nazi salute

By Katerina Nikolas     Apr 8, 2013 in Sports
Athens - The Hellenic Football Association (EPO) has imposed a five-match ban on AEK Athens footballer Giorgos Katidis as a disciplinary penalty for raising his arm in a Nazi style salute during a match in March.
Giorgos Katidis provoked outrage when he raised his arm in a Nazi style salute, as he celebrated his winning goal against rival team Veria. The 20-year-old player received a lifetime ban on playing for the Greek national team following a disciplinary hearing.
Ekathimerini reported Katidis has now been subjected to further punishments. He has been ordered to pay a fine of €1,000 and banned from attending professional matches for three-months. Additionally he has received a five-match ban.
Following the on-field salute EPO released a statement saying: "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."
Katidis has repeatedly apologized for his action while denying he understood his gesture was a Nazi salute. He insisting via 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."
Last year Greek Olympian Voula Papachristou was expelled from the London Games by the Hellenic Olympic Committee following a tasteless tweet some regarded as racist.
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