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Giorgos Katidis given lifetime ban for Nazi goal salute

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11:22 AM ET 03.17 | Greek soccer player Giorgos Katidis has been banned from his national team for life after giving a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal in the topflight league. Greece's soccer federation said Sunday in a statement that the AEK Athens midfielder's gesture "is a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality." The 20-year-old Katidis gave a Nazi salute after scoring the go-ahead goal Saturday in AEK's 2-1 victory over Veria in the Greek league. He 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 and the Greek league are considering separate sanctions. AEK fans have demanded Katidis' dismissal from the team.

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Giorgos Katidis, AP Giorgos Katidis, AP
March 17, 2013  06:56 PM ET

I thought he was signalling for a corner kick.

(Seriously, I was a soccer referee when they first developed the "half raised arm" signal for the corner kick in the early 1980s, and they made sure to sell us to keep the hand sideways instead of palm down so it wouldn't be misunderstood!)

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March 18, 2013  10:56 AM ET

Good,.....shoot him in the back of the head and plant him in Poland or Russia, where his ancestors buried so many millions of innocent human beings.

March 18, 2013  05:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I thought he was signalling for a corner kick.(Seriously, I was a soccer referee when they first developed the "half raised arm" signal for the corner kick in the early 1980s, and they made sure to sell us to keep the hand sideways instead of palm down so it wouldn't be misunderstood!)

Looks like a good old 'sieg heil' to me.

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March 20, 2013  04:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Good,.....shoot him in the back of the head and plant him in Poland or Russia, where his ancestors buried so many millions of innocent human beings.

His ancestors? Thought this guy was Greek?

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