A 20-year-old Greek footballer has been banned for life from playing for his national team after a controversial goal celebration in which he appeared to give a Nazi salute.
The player says he hadn't understood the meaning of the gesture - but is it possible, in 2013, for a European to be so poorly informed?
On Saturday, Giorgos Katidis gestured with his right arm extended and hand straightened, to celebrate scoring the winning goal for his team AEK Athens in a Super League game at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
After the match, the former captain of the Greek under-19 team turned to Twitter to explain his actions.
"I am not a fascist and I would not have done it if I had known what it means," he wrote.'Is it possible'? He's 20 years old. The question answers itself, we are all ignorant, just about different things. Dennis Rodman, who is more than twice this Greek kid's age, seems not to know much about the crimes of Communism.
But, it's sorta like Orwell predicted;
We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will...It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be.