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'Nazi' Supporter Interrupts Swedish Open Tennis Match

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'Nazi' Supporter Interrupts Swedish Open Tennis Match

A pitch invader can all be well and funny from time to time, but not when shouting Nazi slogans.

A man, shouting the Swedish for 'Sieg Heil' - 'Hell Seger - which means 'hail victory' and was often chanted under Adolf Hitler's reign of Germany, walked onto court at the Swedish Open.

He can be seen casually walking onto court from the top left corner of the screen, wearing a black t-shirt and light-brown trousers, midway through the second set.

With David Ferrer playing Fernando Verdasco, the unnamed man, walks on raising his right arm, with his fist clenched and shouting the Nazi chant to a shocked crowd.

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Credit: PA

His t-shirt read: 'Revolution: Support the Nordic resistance movement'.

What is more shocking is the presumption that the man appears to have walked onto court barely unchallenged, before Verdasco, wearing white, calls for play to be stopped.

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The umpire thankfully steps down from his chair, somewhat concerned at the chanting, and walks towards the man.

As the TV footage then cuts away, as is common in these circumstances, showing the shocked crowd before whistling and booing towards the man in question starts.

Credit: TV10

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Pictures later show security staff escorting him off the court - it is reported that he was arrested on trespassing charges.

Credit: PA

The salute was adopted in the 1930s by the Nazi party to signify obedience to Hitler, and to glorify the German nation.

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Like in many countries in Europe, including Germany, Holland and Austria, the salute is a criminal offence in Sweden.

A spokesman for the Swedish Open told Helsingborgs Dagblad that the matter was now with the police and at no point was the man considered a threat to the players.

He added that the event had 'good security' but that the incident had sparked the need to boost security guard numbers.

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Play later resumed with David Ferrer beating his fellow Spaniard 6-1, 6-7, 6-4, he'll now meet Alexandr Dolgopolov in Sunday's final.

Featured Image Credit: TV 10

Topics: Nazi

Michael Minay

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