German club Teutonia 05 have sacked their technical director for making a Nazi salute during a news conference.
Bert Ehm rounded off his speech by yelling “Sieg Heil!” after his side’s recent 2-1 loss at local rivals Dassendorf.
The phrase has strong echoes of the Adolf Hitler era and is still outlawed in Germany.
Ehm’s outburst stunned local media and fans across the country.
Teutonia, based in the Hamburg suburb Ottensen, promptly removed 70-year-old Ehm of his position.
The fifth-tier club’s chairman Diddo Ramm said: “Our board, players, coaches and sponsors distance themselves in the strongest terms from racism, fascism and nationalistic ideas.
“For this reason we have straightaway dismissed Bert Ehm, who used two words that have no place in our society and sport.
“We stand for social and community integration, and we have often been commended for it.”
Ehm said: “The sentence just slipped out, and I want to apologise for it.
“I am an impulsive person who sometimes says things I shouldn’t. I am sorry.
“There is no trace of Nazism about me. I have friends of all nationalities.”