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Katidis gets national team life ban

17 March 2013 17:04

Giorgos Katidis has been given a life ban from playing for Greece after his Nazi-style salute following his winner in AEK Athens' 2-1 win over Veria.

The former Greece Under-19 captain sparked large-scale condemnation among his club's supporters, who berated him on Twitter and Facebook, after he raised his arm straight in front of him in salute after his goal in the Greek Super League game.

And on Sunday it has been revealed that the Greek FA – following an extraordinary meeting – have decided to hand him a life ban from playing for the national team.

"The player's action to salute to spectators in a Nazi manner is a severe provocation, insults all the victims of Nazi bestiality and injures the deeply pacifist and human character of the game," the Greek FA said in a statement.

The 20-year-old midfielder had pleaded ignorance via his Twitter account to issue an apology.

"I am not a fascist and would not have done it if I had known what it meant," Katidis tweeted.

Katidis, who has featured in 20 league games this campaign, was also supported by AEK's head coach, Ewald Lienen.

"He is a young kid who does not have any political ideas," the 59-year-old German said in his player's defence.

"He most likely saw such a salute on the internet or somewhere else and did it without knowing what it means.

"I am 100 percent sure Giorgos did not know what he did. He was crying in the dressing room seeing the reaction."

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2 - 1

Veria

L D W W D
Competition
Super League
Date
16 March 2013
Game week
26
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 1

Goals

1 - 0
1 - 1
G. Katidis 84'  
2 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
8 84' 85'
92
44
7
23
81
99
# Player Bookings
10
93
8
6
9
12
30

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