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Giorgos Katidis' 'Nazi Salute' Earns Greek Footballer Lifetime National Ban (PICTURES/VIDEO)

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The Greek footballer who celebrated a goal by performing what appeared to be a Nazi salute has been given a lifetime ban from all national teams.

Giorgos Katidis made the fascist gesture after scoring a goal for AEK Athens against Veria on Saturday.

Greece's footbal federation, the EPO, said in a statement: "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."

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20-year-old Katidis claimed he was simply pointing to someone in the stands

Greece suffered badly at the hands of the Nazis during WWII, memories of which can still provoke strong emotions.

AEK's German coach Ewald Lienen said the player doesn't have an "idea about politics".
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