Soccer Player Giorgos Katidis Angers Fans With Nazi Salute; Pleads Ignorance (video)

Soccer Player Giorgos Katidis Angers Fans With Nazi Salute; Pleads Ignorance (video)

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Girogos Katidis AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis scored the winning goal in his team’s 2-1 Super League victory over Veria on Saturday but celebrated by giving the Nazi salute to spectators at the Olympic Stadium. The gesture earned rebukes from politicians, fellow athletes and fans.

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.

Responding to heavy criticism after the Super League game, Katidis said he was unaware of the implications of his celebration.

“I despise fascism,” the player said via his Twitter account. “I would not have done it if I knew what something like this meant. I know what the consequences are and I would never have done it.

The midfielder moved to AEK last year from Aris Thessaloniki. He has represented Greece at Under-17 and Under-19 levels.

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

“That’s why we shouldn’t condemn him. Any footballer who knows about my past, where I’m from and my political beliefs would know that would know that such a gesture [on purpose] would lead to that being his last game for AEK.”

AEK won the game at the Olympic Stadium in Athens 2-1, a crucial victory in their bid to avoid relegation.

The controversial action by the promising 20-year-old may lead to disciplinary action by the team and the league.

Watch the video showing Katidis scoring a goal and then making with the heavily criticized salute:

  • Stavros

    You idiot!

  • Yorgos bigger idiot than Kosta

    Love the ‘get rich’ … & I’m assuming under the pants the rest would be ‘die trying’.

    Well, now that EU funds aren’t as accessible as they used to be, you will just ‘die trying to get rich’, because after this gesture NO international ‘A’ league or ‘bundesliga’ football club will sign you up. Join Golden Dawn & bash some immigrants.

  • Choralife

    Nah, no-one would sign the dummy up. Aside from being short on brains, Katidis is also short on the necessary skill required to play anywhere else.

  • Joseph

    Did this guy even know what Nazis mean for Greeks? Too many bad examples from all over Greece for that (read a bit about their dids in Crete). One example is the massacred by the Nazis on June 10, 1944, in the Greek town of Distomo.

    http://www.npr.org/2012/02/21/147180157/bailout-reminds-greek-village-of-wwii

  • Youella Felicia

    Get Rich or Die trying is the Title from 50 Cent CD from 10 years ago. I don’t think a Nazi lover would put a black man words on his body.

  • Tahir Suljemani

    Zerva was a Nazi collaborator that committed GENOCIDE in Chameria/Epirus towards ethnic Albanians Muslims. Whereas the rest were forced to change their names to Orthodox ones or face death. The Albanian Christian Orthodox are under constant pressures from uninterrupted Nazi regimes of Athens.

    Few Albanian Chathoilic families of Preveza were quietly dispersed from the area, after WWII, in order to wipe out all the traces of ethnic Albanian population of the region.

  • Sotiris

    The Greek Football Federation (EPO) is rife with corruption. The country has been looted and pillaged. Instead of putting crooks and thieves in prison….they try to deflect attention by doing this to a young (stupid) kid.

    If he had done a left handed communist “salute” that would be ok. What a bunch of losers modern Greeks have become. I’m ashamed of them.

  • geospa300

    Mark Bosnic received a 1000 pound fine when he knowingly did the salute to the Tottenham fans who are mostly Jewish. The EPO most corrupt

  • guest

    Wait a minute. Is there any PROOF that he is a Nazi follower? Because I didn’t see anything in the story. If not and he denies the meaning, then why all the summary execution?

    I don’t follow sports so can someone come up with a link?

    BTW, do we jail people that wear communist support shirts? After all, they killed more then the Nazis.

  • Mavro Tembeli Kostas

    I’m the type to swallow my cum ‘fore I swallow my pride.

  • Audra

    What, are you going to send them to concentration camps? ‘Cause there’s NOTHING wrong with that.

  • GrekoMalaka

    All greeks are nazis !

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregarious.katidis Gregarious Katidis

    It was probably just a misunderstanding.

  • 123

    Im sorry for Greece the most of population is very xenophobic and not by ignorance like the football player above. They have raised they new era culture based on hate, against neigbours, discrimination and pure racism acts even drived from historians, Church and some statesman. From 1914 and till our days they continue to protect Greek mistakes and genocide based on history falsification. Chameria, Kastoria, Florina, Kozani muslims know a lot a bout Greek facism!