Greece investigates display of Nazi symbols at Estonia game
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek prosecutor is investigating the display of a Nazi symbol by home fans during a Greece’s match against Estonia in Athens in the UEFA Nations League.
The investigation by a prosecutor for racist violence was ordered Tuesday following a complaint by Greece’s Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis.
Photos from Sunday’s match at the Athens Olympic Stadium showed a small group of black-clad Greek fans displaying a banner with a Nazi symbol and burning a Turkish flag in the stands.
Vassiliadis said soccer officials should have removed the banner immediately. He said: “everything possible should be done to stop these people blackening the name of our country and of our national squad.”
Estonia won the game 1-0.
Right-wing extremism rose during Greece’s financial crisis, with the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party gaining parliamentary representation.