Football club general manager fined €5,000 for Nazi salute06 September 2019

ThegeneralmanagerandvicepresidentofSlovanBratislava,IvanKmotríkJr.,hasbeenfined€5,000EurosformakingaNazisaluteduringtheSlovakCupfinalmatchbetweenSlovanBratislavaandMFKRužomberok.

The incident took place last year as Kmotrík Jr. was caught on camera celebrating his club’s victory with what apparently was a Nazi salute towards the fans.

Slovak prosecutors charged him with ‘showing sympathy for a movement aimed at suppressing fundamental rights and freedoms’ and he was found guilty by the Specialised Criminal Court in Banská Bystrica and ordered to pay €5,000 or face six months in prison.

Kmotrík Jr. is the son of Slovan Bratislava owner Ivan Kmotrík, a Slovak oligarch. Kmotrík Jr. has the right to appeal.

At the time of the incident last August, Slovan Bratislava made a statement saying: “ŠK Slovan Bratislava rejects any connection with manifestations of racial hatred or intolerance,” adding that they “considered the video to be out of context.”

This is not the first example of players or those in positions of power in football being found guilty of Nazi salutes. In 2013 Greek footballer Giorgos Katidis was banned for life from playing for the Greek national team after celebrating a goal for AEK Athens by making a Nazi salute.

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich was also fined £1,000 and censured by the English FA after making a Nazi salute at Tottenham Hotspur fans in 1996.