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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Nigerian escapes criminal charges
Adebowale Ogungbure
Ogungbure played for Nigeria in 2003
Prosecutors in Germany have dropped their investigation of former Nigeria international Adebowale Ogungbure who taunted fans after they racially abused him.

The Sachsen Leipzig player, who featured for Nigeria at the 2003 All-Africa Games, gave a Hitler salute to hooligans after being provoked by racial taunts from the stands during a lower-league match against Hallescher FC.

The use of the straight-armed Hitler salute is a criminal offence in Germany.

"Giving the Hitler salute was not criminally relevant in this case," said spokesman Andreas Schieweck, who noted that the player had been baited by the fans.

Halle police spokesman Siegfried Koch also said the fans who provoked Ogungbure are being investigated.

A group representing German Gypsies protested to the governor of eastern Saxony-Anhalt state, Wolfgang Boehmer, about the investigation, saying that the player had been subjected to racist taunts.


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