A Greek professional soccer player has received a five-match ban for giving a Nazi-style salute last month while celebrating a goal for struggling club AEK Athens.

A Hellenic Football Association disciplinary panel also ordered 20-year-old attacking midfielder Giorgos Katidis to pay a 1,000-euro fine and be banned from attending professional games for three months.

Katidis, a former under-21 national team captain, has been suspended by AEK until the end of the season and received a lifetime national team ban.

He has repeatedly apologized for his action, initially insisting that he was unaware the straight-hand salute was associated with Nazi Germany.


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