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Question in parliament over team signing Nazi-salute Greek

Serie B Novara say Katidis deserves second chance

Question in parliament over team signing Nazi-salute Greek

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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