A GREEK footballer has protested his innocence after being punished for an alleged Nazi salute. AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis was banned from all Greek national teams for life for the gesture after scoring the winning goal in his side’s 2-1 Super League win over Veria.
The 20-year-old had been heavily criticised on social media for the celebration, although he has insisted he did not know the meaning of the gesture. He reportedly claimed he was pointing to team-mate Michalis Pavlis, who is recovering from injury, in the crowd. Katidis wrote on Twitter: “I am not racist in any way. “I abhor fascism. I would not have done it if I knew that it meant something. I know the consequences and would not do it ever.” Katidis has played for Greece’s Under-17, U19 and U21 teams, but has not been capped at senior level.