Lithuanian basketball fan fined for Nazi salute at Olympics

  • 2012-08-03

LONDON - A Lithuanian man who gave a Nazi salute during an Olympic basketball match has become the first person to be convicted of a racially aggravated offence at the Games and fined 2,500 British pounds, reports The Guardian.

He was told that his behavior and that of other Lithuanian fans was "despicable."

Petras Lescinskas, 36, an accountant from Lithuania, was arrested on Tuesday at the basketball arena during the Lithuania-Nigeria match.

There were "monkey-style noises when Nigerian players had the ball," Becky Owen, prosecuting, told the court.

He was seen to make a Nazi salute while placing his fingers across his lips.

Lescinskas pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated offence under the Public Order Act.

He said, through his lawyer, that he was "deeply embarrassed" and "deeply remorseful" about what he had done.