AEK midfielder, Georgios Katidis, is now permanently excluded from the Greek national team.
The Greek Federation punished the 20-year-old after a goal celebration using a Nazi salute. The former under 19 Greek captain is considered one of the most talented players in the country, but, from now on, will not ever play for his national team again.
In a week in which we've seen racist chants directed to Emmanuel Adebayor in San Siro, this is the issue of the hour.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time we've seen such salutes in football, which makes me wonder if such punishments as the one applied to Katidis is enough to prevent it from happening again. I truly believe this will only stop when players doing such actions are excluded not only from their national teams or clubs but from football as well. It's unforgivable, repulsive and short minded and it's a shame that we have to see it in a football match.
FIFA should show an iron fist condemning such actions, bringing football mentality to the 21st century.
The Greek Federation's punishment is adjusted, but it should only be the tip of the iceberg for Katidis and to other players or fans conducting those horrible actions.
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