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Is it possible that the Greek footballer handed ban after Nazi salute didn't know what he was doing?
18 March 2013 12:55 PM
A footballer has been handed a life ban from all national teams in Greece after he appeared to give a Nazi salute to supporters during a match.
The Greek football federation called it "a severe provocation" that insulted "all the victims of Nazi bestiality".
Greece has seen a rise of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party, which now has 18 seats in their 300-seat parliament.
The AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis denied he gave a Nazi salute. "I am not a fascist and would not have done it if I had known what it meant," Katidis said on his Twitter account.
He insisted he was simply pointing at a team mate in the stands.
The club have asked Katidis to explain himself at a board meeting next week. But AEK's German coach Ewald Lienen told Reuters: "He is a young kid who does not have any political ideas. He most likely saw such a salute on the internet or somewhere else and did it without knowing what it means."
But does this stand up?