Giorgos Katidis was given a lifetime ban from ALL national teams by the Greek soccer federation after he celebrated his 2-1 victory by making a Nazi salute to fans in the Athens Olympic Stadium.
The 20-year-old player apologized for the ‘stupidity of his act’ and said that AEC was not to be blamed for his ‘mistake’. AEK German coach Ewald Lienen backed the young player saying that Katidis probably saw the salute somewhere over the internet and didn’t know what it actually meant.
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Even though the player pleaded ignorance and said he was not a fascist or racist, a large number of people think that what he did was absolutely unacceptable and that the ban is justified. People took to social media websites, especially Twitter, and expressed their anger over the matter:
10- Some Think He Is A ‘Retard’ For Not Knowing About The Salute:
9- People support the ban:
8- No One Wants To Be In His Place Right Now:
I'd hate to be Giorgos Katidis right about now— Andy Croson (@MVMNTuk) March 17, 2013
7: People Also Think He Was Trying To Seek Attention:
My overall impression(not just because of tonight) is that Katidis is a very immature egocentric kid who likes attention and lacks education— Greek Football (@greekfooty) March 16, 2013
6- His ‘did-not-know’ excuse doesn’t mean anything. Something like Holocaust and the Nazi occupation cannot be ‘not known’ by anyone.
Katidis said he didn't know what his salute meant #AEKAthens Unbelievable. How intellectual do you have to be to know that signal is wrong?— Greg Wilson (@GregWilson09) March 17, 2013
5- No Excuse!
#GiorgosKatidis how can you not know what that gesture means?? Seriously, no excuse.— Paciencia Canda (@pczcanda) March 17, 2013
4- Is He That Innocent? (Or Maybe Foolish):
Coach says GiorgosKatidis doesn't know anything about politics. Katidis "detests fascism"+claims ignorance re: Hitler salute. Doesn't add up— Michael Anes (@manes) March 17, 2013
3- His claims that he isn’t a fascist or a racist are not convincing at all:
AEK soccer places Giorgos Katidis claims to hate fascism after having given a Nazi salute. #rubbish— Maria G Kostas (@MariaGKostas) March 16, 2013
2- Crime Against Humanity:
1- This one goes way too deep:
The worst thing must be that he did it on the 70th anniversary of Greek Jews being deported to Nazi Germany! smh #GiorgosKatidis— Més que un club ? (@IAmOffside) March 17, 2013
So these were the top ten reactions from Twitter to Katidis’ Nazi salute.
There are people who think what he did might have actually been unintentional and that the lifetime ban is a bit too harsh for a celebratory gesture, but there are too little of them. Do tell us what you think about the whole matter in the comments section.
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