Russian karting champion, 15, breaks silence amid FIA probe into ‘Nazi salute’

ARTEM SEVERIUKHIN has issued an apology and denied making a ‘Nazi salute’ on the rostrum in Portugal throughout the FIA Karting European Championship.

Russian karting champion, 15, breaks silence amid FIA probe into 'Nazi salute'

Artem Severiukhin has denied making a ‘Nazi salute’ on the rostrum (Picture: @F1FeederSeries1/Twitter)

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Artem Severiukhin has damaged his silence after drawing large criticism following his alleged ‘Nazi salute’ on the rostrum after successful the FIA Karting European Championship in Portugal. The Russian teenager was victorious within the 11-15 age group class, however was competing underneath the Italian flag as his nation continues to be barred from worldwide sporting occasions.

However after successful the occasion, he sparked criticism together with his behaviour because the nationwide anthem was performed out. He initially beat his chest earlier than showing to then carry out a Nazi salute standing atop the rostrum, which led to him bursting out in laughter. 

Severyukhin has since been suspended by his karting workforce, and he has now issued a grovelling apology however denied the perceived actions. In a video, the younger driver mentioned: “I wish to apologise to everybody for what occurred yesterday within the European Karting Championship.

“Standing on the rostrum, I made a gesture which many perceived as a Nazi salute. It is not true, I’ve by no means supported Nazism, it was one of many worst crimes in opposition to humanity. However I raced underneath an Italian licence and flag and the blokes in entrance of the rostrum confirmed me that in Italy, in such circumstances, it is customary to hit your self on the chest within the coronary heart space.

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Russian karting champion, 15, breaks silence amid FIA probe into 'Nazi salute'

{The teenager} appeared to giggle wildly afterwards. (Picture: GETTY)

He added: “I simply needed to make a gesture, and the way all the pieces has occurred, I can not clarify. I do know that I am a idiot and I’m able to be punished, I’m sorry.” That punishment it appears, has already come, together with his Swedish Ward Racing workforce confirming they willm be terminating his contract for what they described as “an unacceptable violation of the moral and ethical sports activities codex.”

The workforce mentioned in an announcement: “Ward Racing accordingly condemns the non-public actions of pilot Artem Severyukhin throughout the award ceremony on April 10, 2022 within the strongest doable phrases, because it considers them a manifestation of unsportsmanlike behaviour, an unacceptable violation of the moral and ethical sports activities codex. With this assertion, Ward Racing expresses its opinion, in addition to the opinion of all athletes and workers of the Ward Racing workforce.

Russian karting champion, 15, breaks silence amid FIA probe into 'Nazi salute'

Severiukhin has denied deliberately making a ‘Nazi salute’. (Picture: GETTY)

“On the idea of those issues, Ward Racing sees no risk for continued co-operation with Artem Severyukhin and can proceed with terminating his racing contract.”

The incident precipitated a storm on social media, with the karter coming in for a barrage of criticism. It isn’t but clear why he was eligible to compete for Italy.

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