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Greek Soccer Player Attacked for Nazi Salute (video)

The 20-year-old Katidis is pleading ignorance.
AEK Athens' player Giorgos Katidis giving the Nazi style salute, as teammate Roger Guerreiro looks on, Saturday, March 16, 2013.

AEK Athens' player Giorgos Katidis giving the Nazi style salute, as teammate Roger Guerreiro looks on, Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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Soccer team AEK Athens player Giorgos Katidis has been under intense attacks by politicians, fellow soccer players, and—most important—the fans, after giving the Nazi salute after scoring a goal in a league game.

From the video of the game, it is clear that the midfielder Katidis raised his right arm in the “Heil Hitler” salute we all know from countless WW2 movies, after scoring the go-ahead goal in the 84th minute of a game against the Veria team on Saturday.

In the screen shot above, Katidis’ Brazilian-born teammate Roger Guerreiro is looking at him with a mix of astonishment and repulsion.

And the video below shows that while his ecstatic teammates were rushing to hug him in admiration, Katidis tried hard to keep up his saluting arm, meaning this was not just an unintentional gesture. This was a Nazi salute par excellence.

Nevertheless, the 20-year-old Katidis is pleading ignorance, insisting—including, of course, on his Twitter account—that he is, actually, anti-fascist.

And Ewald Lienen, AEK’s German coach, told the press his lad is innocent, and doesn’t have an “idea about politics” in his goal scoring head.

Since its foundation 1980, The People’s Association – Golden Dawn, or, simply Golden Dawn, has been a right-wing extremist political organization, led by Nikolaos Michaloliakos. Scholars and the media describe it as neo-Nazi and fascist, although the group rejects these labels, saying it follows the political ideology of Ioannis Metaxas, Greece’s prime minister in the 1930s, who preached national unity through the abolition of all political parties. But the Golden Dawn party uses of Nazi-looking symbols, and praises German Nazism.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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6 Responses to “Greek Soccer Player Attacked for Nazi Salute (video)”

  1. George Kafantaris says:

    Modern Germany could teach us a thing or two about discipline, organization, accountability, consistency-predictability and no-nonsense thinking. Yes, the Germans could whip us into economic shape.
    But they have to let us show them how we laugh, even at ourselves. Life is too precious and too short to be taken seriously. In laughter is when we converge, and melt into a one people.

  2. Éva Cornides says:


  3. Anybody that believes his claim should be interested in the bridge I have for sale.

  4. Banned for life? What BS this is. I bet he has more sympathy than anger from the general public.

  5. Kim Wong says:

    his ban is absolutely fitting. Anyone trying to claim ignorance to this well known salute is an idiot. Not only is this ban a fitting punishment for that disgusting gesture, it's for his own safety. do you really think other soccer players who have born the brunt of so much racism will look the other way?

  6. It was probably just a misunderstanding.

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