1938: England Players and the Nazi Salute
An hour prior to a 1938 international match between Germany and England in Berlin,
English players were informed they had to give Nazi salutes in pre-match rituals. At the
time, Nazi Germany was embarking on a campaign of expansion and aggression. British
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain pursued appeasement to avoid global conflict.
All but one English player complied with German instructions to give the
Nazi salute. Stan Cullis, the exception who went on to become a successful manager at
Wolverhampton Wanderers, was dropped before the kickoff.