A FOOTBALLER faces up to a month in jail after making vile anti-Semitic gestures towards opposition fans as he was sent off.
Arnaldo Gonzalez was shown a red card for attacking an opponent midway through the second half of Nuevo Chicago’s clash with Atlanta in Argentina.
As he marched off the 30-year-old midfielder grabbed his penis and rubbed his head while looking towards the jeering Atlanta supporters, who have strong links to Buenos Aires’ Jewish community.
The gestures were believed to be in reference to the Jewish tradition of circumcision and the Kippah hat worn by followers of the religion.
Argentine journeyman Gonzalez could now face up to a month in jail for the outburst after the head of the National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism said it may take legal action.
Gonzalez immediately took to Twitter to apologise for his actions during the heated clash, which saw three players sent off, saying he felt “truly ashamed”.
He added: “I would like to apologise to the people of Atlanta and to the Jewish community.
“I have just seen the video and the truth is I am not like that, I have never reacted that way anywhere. It was in a heated moment.
“I was just sent off and received some insults and I reacted in a way that I should not have.
“I hope you know how to accept my apology and I make it public for the people of Atlanta, the Jewish community and the people of (Nueva) Chicago.”
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Nuevo Chicago, who are bottom of the table after losing Sunday’s second tier game to league leaders Atlanta 2-0, also condemned his reaction.
As social media users called for Gonzalez’s contract to be torn up, a Twitter statement by the club read: “From the New Chicago Athletic Club we repudiate the gestures made by Arnaldo Gonzalez and we will evaluate the disciplinary measures to be taken.
“We apologise to all fans of @atlantaoficial and the entire Jewish community.”
According to a law passed in 1988, Gonzalez’s punishment could range from a £120 fine up to a month in jail.
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