Israeli soccer star Patryk Klimala has denied he carried out the Nazi salute after scoring a objective for his Hapoel Be’er Sheva membership on Saturday.
Enjoying towards Hapoel Jerusalem within the Israeli Premier League, Klimala potted one within the 54th minute to make it a 2-0 lead for his membership.
However, throughout his objective celebration, Klimala appeared up on the crowd, positioned his proper arm over his chest after which caught it out straight and upward to the followers.
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At first look, it appeared just like the Nazi salute, which is frowned upon for apparent causes.
Klimala took to social media to clear that up.
“My gesture throughout the objective celebration was utterly misunderstood by some spectators. As a Pole, who respects the historical past of each nations, I might by no means even take into consideration performing the Nazi salute,” he wrote in English in addition to Hebrew and Polish. “Whereas dwelling in Poland, I visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and I totally realise the significance of historical past and Jewish heritage.
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“After my objective, I simply needed to greet our followers. There was absolutely nothing else past it. I am sorry if anybody took it the incorrect approach.
“Lastly, it is a nice alternative to thank our nice followers once more for all the assist and I am pleased we received one other vital win. Have a pleasant week.”
The 24-year-old used to play for the New York Pink Bulls in Main League Soccer. He spent the previous two seasons with the membership, scoring 13 targets and 9 assists in 59 matches altogether.
He’s since moved on to Hapoel Be’er Sheva, the place he has three targets in 10 matches.
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Klimala has additionally performed with the Poland U-21 staff, the place he’s had 4 targets in 9 matches from 2019 to 2021.