Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Austrian repeat offender gets 18 months for Hitler salute

Share this article

Austrian repeat offender gets 18 months for Hitler salute
File image of Rapid Vienna fans. Photo: hratky/Depositphotos
08:42 CEST+02:00
An Austrian football fan has been given an 18-month prison sentence for a Hitler salute during a match, falling foul of the country's tough laws against Nazi glorification.

The unemployed 39-year-old from top-flight Rapid Vienna's "ultra" wing was spotted performing the banned gesture during a match in August 2016 and sentenced in Vienna on Monday.

"I didn't really give it much thought. But it clearly wasn't a good idea," the skinhead told the court, saying he had had "a few beers and spritzers" before the game.

Similar convictions are relatively common but usually the sentences are suspended. In this case, however, than man had a previous conviction for wishing Hitler happy birthday on Facebook in 2013.

Rapid Vienna is Austria's most successful club with 32 league titles but its hardcore "ultra" supporters have a bad reputation.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

Eight hacks to turn your next long-haul flight into a holiday

While there’s a lot of wisdom to the saying ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’, it’s a safe assumption that most people don’t view the flight itself as the highlight. Which is not to say it shouldn't be.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement