Giorgos Katidis: ‘I am not a Nazi or fascist’
AEK Athens youngster Giorgos Katidis has told a Greek FA disciplinary committee that he is not a ‘nazi or fascist’.
The 20-year-old made global headlines over a fortnight ago after celebrating a goal with a fascist salute and has already been suspended by AEK until the end of the season.
Added to that, the Greek FA issued an immediate punishment by banning Katidis from all levels of national team football ‘for life’.
Speaking in front of a disciplinary committee on Thursday, Katidis pleaded ignorance and said he was unaware of the implications of his celebration.
“I am not a Nazi or fascist. I did not know what I was doing. I thought that my celebration means respect,” Katidis claimed.
“Do you know any footballer at the age of 20 who would knowingly want to put an end to his career?”
Various sections of AEK’s support – including influential fan group Original – have lambasted the highly-rated midfielder and called for the Greek side to terminate his contract with the club.
It is expected that Katidis will remain an AEK player come the start of next season, although it’s too early to know whether his ban from international football will ever be overturned.
Katidis, who has been capped for Greece at Under-17, U19 and U21 level, had a trial at Premier League side Everton in February last yearTagged in: football
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