Ex-Aston Villa and Man Utd keeper Mark Bosnich explains Nazi salute at Spurs fans

Posted by - July 29, 2013 - Aston Villa, Football videos, Tottenham

Mark Bosnich has been explaining why he made a Nazi salute towards Spurs fans during his Aston Villa days – and he reckons the sitcom Fawlty Towers is to blame.

Speaking at a charity event, he said he was mimicking the actions of John Cleese’s character Basil Fawlty, and did not realise that the prank would be misconstrued based on Spurs’ Jewish connections.

The incident happened during a Premier League match at White Hart Lane in 1996. Shortly afterwards, the Australian goalkeeper apologised for the incident and said it was down to ignorance.

At the time, he said: “To be honest, I’m a bit distraught… I’d just like to say that it was something done out of ignorance. For me it was a real joke, but it’s been taken so much out of proportion and I’m so, so sorry. I know the Spurs fans have lost people in the war, but I also lost people in the war.”

Via 101GG

  • ColinSC

    Mark Bosnich did it because he was as dumb as a box of rocks. Anyone with half a brain would grasp the concept that giving a supporter base that calls itself the ‘Yids’ a nazi salute is insanely inappropriate. To be honest I think many like myself find it hilarious insofar as he tried (and still is trying) to justify the incomprehensibly dumb.
    As for losing folk in the war comparing a few relatives compared with massive multi-continental genocide aimed at eradication of a global religion is still as silly as ever.

  • Luke

    I’m sorry so he’s saying that he did the salute and ‘didn’t know’ the spurs fans are connected with jews ..What a load of rubbish, of course he knew, you can’t just think oh I’ll do it for this one game which happens to be against spurs … and he ‘lost people in the war??’ we all did but nothing compared to the jews … he’s trying to cover his own back thats all, he knew what he was doing and he’s an idiot racist

  • berecon

    He’s so distraught that he did it again on stage, you know, just in case people don’t know what a nazi salute looks like. Nice that while telling his “story” he neglects to tell his audience WHY Spurs fans were chanting about Klinsmann at him but then as with nazi salutes I’m guessing potentially serious injury inducing knee to face tackles are a-ok too

    He disgusted me with his “apology” then and he still disgusts me to this day

  • herby

    maybe he was off his tits on coke

  • Vaze

    In some mitigation to his actions, he was receiving an absolute torrent of abuse after the clash with Klinsmann at Villa Park earlier in the season.

    He gave the Nazi salute as a gesture about Jurgen the German, and then Spurs fans took the opportunity to pillory him for it, some suggesting he should be banned for life, etc.

    I’ve seen him make similar daft gestures when getting stick, such as bowling a ball or hitting a six when the Aussies used to thrash us in the Ashes.

    What he did was wrong, but I truly believe that he had no idea that Spurs consider themselves a strongly Jewish backed club, and it was certainly not meant as an insult to the Holocaust.

    That said, he is thick as two short planks and these things happen when you are just plain stupid lol !

  • Edward Bellamy

    That gesture is actually the “American salute,” and not the “Nazi salute” because the Pledge of Allegiance was the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior (see the new book “Pledge of Allegiance + Swastika Secrets” by the author Ian Tinny explaining the work of the symbologist Dr. Rex Curry).