The Russian, who won the starting stage of the European Junior Karting Championship, demonstrated the “Roman salute” – a gesture of the Nazis – during the performance of the Italian anthem.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has disqualified 15-year-old Russian driver Artem Severyukhin, who is playing under the Italian flag due to sanctions against Russian athletes. He lost his victory in the starting stage of the European Junior Karting Championship, which took place in Portugal, through a fascist greeting.
About it on Friday, May 13, reported Racefans with reference to the official statement of the FIA.
During the award ceremony, when the Italian national anthem was played, Severyukhin punched himself in the heart and then stretched his arm forward. This gesture is known as the “Roman salute”, it was used by the Italian Nazis.
Russian Artem Severyukhin showed a Nazi salute at the World Karting Championship. We demand lifelong disqualification.
– Freel (@FreelFreel) April 10, 2022
The International Automobile Federation has conducted an investigation. Witnesses were interviewed and videos of the incident were examined. The rider himself pleaded guilty and expressed deep regret over the inappropriate gesture.
As a result, the FIA found Severyukhin guilty of violating five points of the organization’s code, including “public incitement to violence or hatred.”
The federation limited itself to disqualifying the Russian only from the first stage of the European Championship in Portimau, where he won. Severyukhin was not deprived of the right to participate in further competitions.
We will remind, the Ward Racing team which the young Russian represented at this tournament, after scandalous prank terminated his contract.