Fox Sports Benches Soccer Analyst Marco Van Basten for a Week After He Uses Nazi Greeting ‘Sieg Heil’

FILE – In this Friday, May 20, 2016 file photo, Dutch former soccer star Marco van Basten is seated in front of the logo of the Dutch soccer association KNVB during a presentation of video referee assistance in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Retired Dutch football star Marco van Basten has been benched for a week by Fox Sports for saying “sieg heil” on air.

Van Basten, working as an analyst, was off camera on Saturday when he used the German phrase for “hail victory” that became notorious for its use at Nazi rallies.

Van Basten, who made the comment after a German coach had been interviewed by a reporter, apologized later in the show.

Fox Sports said in a statement on Monday that it distanced itself from the comment, which the broadcaster called “stupid and inappropriate.”

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Source: USA Today