Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Question in parliament over team signing Nazi-salute Greek

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Rome, June 21 - The controversy over a
second-division Italian soccer team's decision to sign a Greek
player internationally stigmatised for performing a Nazi-style
straight-arm salute is set to reach parliament.
Fabio Lavagno, a lawmaker with the left-wing SEL party, has
presented an urgent question in parliament to Equal
Opportunities and Sport Minister Josefa Idem over Novara's
acquisition of Giorgos Katidis.
The 20-year-old player was banned from ever representing
his country and fined 50,000 euros for doing the salute after
scoring the winning goal for his former club AEK Athens against
Veria in March.
The midfielder, a former Greece Under 21 international,
subsequently said he was unaware of the salute's connotations.
Novara Chief Executive Massimo De Salvo said Katidis now
appreciated the gravity of what he did and so the club decided
to "give him a second chance".
But Lavagno is not satisfied.
"It is very serious that Novara are playing down the
controversy stirred by then buying Georgos Katidis," he said.
"I hope that the soccer League and the Italian Soccer
Federation intervene to avoid any form of tolerance towards
unjustifiable behaviour".

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