A 20year old Greek soccer player, Giorgos Katidis has been banned for life by the Greek Football Association after throwing a Nazi Salute to celebrate a goal he scored for his club, AEK Athens. Giorgos is a former captain of his country’s under-19 side and had been tipped to go on and achieve greater things with his country’s senior national side but that dream now seems to be in jeopardy.
To make matters worse, the club he represents, AEK Athens have also suspended him till the rest of the Greek football season. A statement released by the club on Tuesday read:
“AEK have decided to leave the player out of the squad until the end of the 2012-13 season … thus imposing the worst possible punishment [we can],
“Whether the player will remain at the club beyond this season will be judged in the summer after which time he will, firstly, have been given the opportunity to demonstrate in practice his behaviour was the result of immaturity and, secondly, whether or not his possible reinstatement to the squad does not cause any negative effects within the club.”
On Monday, Katidis asked to be dropped from AEK’s first team and called his actions “totally unacceptable”.