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Mar 16, 2013 Comments Off on Soccer Player Under Fire Over Nazi Salute During Game Jake Hammer

Giorgos Katidis

Excerpted from AP:

— AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis has earned rebukes from politicians, fellow athletes and fans after giving a Nazi salute in celebration of a goal he scored in the Greek league.

Photographs show him giving a Nazi salute after scoring the go-ahead goal in the 84th minute over visiting Veria on Saturday. In one photo, Katidis’ Brazilian-born teammate, Roger Guerreiro, looks at him with an expression of astonishment.

The 20-year-old Katidis pleaded ignorance of the meaning of his gesture — right arm extended and hand straightened. He claimed on his Twitter account that he detests fascism.

AEK’s German coach Ewald Lienen, said the player doesn’t have an “idea about politics.”