Marco van Basten suspended by Fox Sports after on-air Nazi remark
Last Updated: 26/11/19 9:47am
Former Netherlands forward Marco van Basten has been suspended from his role as a TV pundit for two weeks after using a term associated with Nazi rallies.
The 55-year-old said "Sieg Heil", which in German means "hail victory", on the Dutch edition of Fox Sports after a German coach was interviewed by one of the channel's reporters for the De Eretribune show on Sunday.
Van Basten apologised later in the programme while Fox said in a statement on Monday that the comment was "stupid and inappropriate" and that it had suspended the three-times Ballon d'Or winner until December 7.
The channel added that Van Basten's wages for the week would be donated to the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation.
Van Basten's comment came on the same weekend players across the top two leagues of Dutch football stood still for the first minute of games to protest against racism.
The country's Eredivisie and second-tier First Division also displayed the message "Racism? Then we won't play" on all screens and boards in stadiums after Excelsior forward Ahmad Mendes Moreira was abused by fans on November 17.
Van Basten is one of the world's most famous footballers, following a stellar 14-year career with Ajax and AC Milan in which he scored 277 goals 373 appearances. For the Netherlands, he scored 24 goals in 58 games.