Former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten has been suspended by Fox Sports after he made a Nazi remark on-air.
The Dutch edition of the sports channel said the “Sieg Heil” comment – a phrase associated with use at Nazi rallies – was “stupid and inappropriate”.
In an apology Van Basten, 55, said he had “not intended to shock people”. The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has been suspended for one week with his wages to be donated to the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation.
The former Netherlands manager said he had attempted to “ridicule” the German language of pitchside colleague Hans Kraay, who had just interviewed Heracles’ German boss Frank Wormuth following a 4-1 defeat by Ajax on Saturday.
After an initial on-air apology, the former AC Milan forward also added on Sunday: “Life is like football. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss. But if you miss, that does not mean that you are a bad person.”