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Slovan Bratislava football club manager handed fine for Nazi salute

Bratislava, Slovakia – The vice-president and manager of the Slovan Bratislava football club has been convicted of racism and fined for doing a Nazi salute during a match last year.

Last week, a court in the Slovak city of Banska Bystrica fined Ivan Kmotrik Jr, the manager of the Slovak Bratislava club, €5,000 after he was caught on camera doing a Nazi salute following a match held in May 2018.

The manager of Slovan Bratislava, son of the businessman and owner of the football club Ivan Kmotrik, appears to have done the Nazi salute while saying ‘Heil Hitler’, according to the video footage (see video below), while celebrating his team’s victory over MFK Ruzomberok during the final of the Slovak Cup at the Anton Malatinsky stadium in Trnava.

M. Kmotrik Jr., who can appeal the court’s decision that found him guilty of expressing sympathy for a movement aimed at suppressing fundamental human rights and freedoms, could face up to six months in jail if he refuses to pay the €5,000 fine.

He had already been fined €10,000 by the Slovak football association following the incident.

“SK Slovan Bratislava rejects any connection with manifestations of racial hatred or intolerance”, the club said in a statement released after the match.

Slovan Bratislava, so far the only club of the former Czechoslovakia to win a European cup competition, has qualified for the group stage of the Europa League 2019. It will face the Wolves (U.K.), Braga (Portugal) and Besiktas (Turkey) in Group K.

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