Police charges Slovan Bratislava manager for making a Nazi salute

Ivan Komtrík Jr. could spend three years in prison.

ŠK Slovan Bratislava vice-president Ivan Kmotrík Jr. could serve three years in prison for making a Nazi salute during a football match if convicted.ŠK Slovan Bratislava vice-president Ivan Kmotrík Jr. could serve three years in prison for making a Nazi salute during a football match if convicted. (Source: Sme)

The Slovak Cup final, in which Slovan Bratislava played against MFK Ružomberok, was marked with several controversies back in May 2018 at the Anton Malatinský Football Stadium in Trnava.

Vice-president of the ŠK Slovan Bratislava football club, Ivan Kmotrík Jr., is alleged to have made a Nazi salute during the match, which Bratislava lost in the end, as reported by the TASR newswire.

An investigator of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) finished the investigation, on July 30 of this year, with a proposal to prosecute Kmotrík Jr.

Ivan Kmotrík Jr. is the son of businessman Ivan Kmotrík, who owns private TV news channel TA3 and ŠK Slovan Bratislava.

Prior to the investigation, he had been charged with “the deliberate offense of showing sympathy for a movement aimed at suppressing fundamental rights and freedoms”, the police informed on Facebook.

A published video also suggests Kmotrík Jr. shouted “Heil, Hitler!” during the final match. If Kmotrík Jr. is convicted, he could spend up to three years behind bars.

Breach of football rules

“ŠK Slovan Bratislava rejects any connection with manifestations of racial hatred or intolerance,” said the club in its statement after the final, as published by the aktuality.sk website.

Kmotrík Jr. also rejected his gesture would have had something to do with hatred, ŠK Slovan Bratislava added.

The club, however, fined Kmotrík Jr. €10,000 for unprofessional behaviour. During a break, Kmotrík reportedly entered the referees' room although he, as a club's official, was not allowed to, as reported by TASR.

The television footage also showed Kmotrík Jr. rudely chanting with ŠK Slovan Bratislava fans, who were throwing flares at the pitch. Following this, the match had to be interrupted for several minutes.

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