Young Greek footballer banned for life for Hitler/Nazi salute. The young footballer apparently had no idea he performed a Hitler/Nazi salute. Political correctness makes a big deal out of small non issues. A life ban sounds very harsh for an innocent mistake.
That's messed up. People these days are highly sensitive. Maybe he really didn't know it was offensive. A lot of people imitate what they see on TV/internet without knowing what it means.
Of course it was a really terrible thing to do and he had to be punished somehow but seriously, this guy is only 20 years old - still half a child. I guess he was simply stupid and naive. A lifetime ban is far too harsh. They should have given him a chance to explain and apologize.
The war ended long ago. Its not fair to blame someone who wasnt even alive then.
And... its not like football players are known for their educations.
On the other hand... it also says that people cant expect to get away with everything and should show more respect. I think theres a middle point here thats beeing missed.
He's only banned from the Greek national team. He can still play on his club and other national teams.
Whether or not he should have gotten banned for life, that's no innocent mistake. He was very clearly not pointing to someone in the crowd.
More or less the case.
It seems too extreme on the face of it....
however I'd guess he has a history of this behind the scenes.
They all have the same look of "Shit dude, for christ sake not in public".
I mean... the defense is.... "I don't know what a Nazi salute is."
It's the greek national team, so if he plays well enough they're sure to revoke the ban. That's just how soccer works.