Vienna - An Austrian football fan has been given an 18-month prison sentence
for a Hitler salute during a match, falling foul of the country's tough
laws against Nazi glorification.
The unemployed 39-year-old from top-flight Rapid Vienna's "ultra"
wing was spotted performing the banned gesture during a match in August
2016 and sentenced in Vienna on Monday.
"I didn't really give it much thought. But it clearly wasn't a good
idea," the skinhead told the court, saying he had had "a few beers and
spritzers" before the game.
Similar convictions are relatively common but usually the sentences
are suspended. In this case, however, than man had a previous conviction
for wishing Hitler happy birthday on Facebook in 2013.
Rapid Vienna is Austria's most successful club with 32 league titles but its hardcore "ultra" supporters have a bad reputation.