Swimming - Hungary swimmer in hot water over 'worthless' medal quip

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Swimming - Hungary swimmer in hot water over 'worthless' medal quip
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- Hungary's newly crowned European swimming champion David Verraszto landed in hot water with his national federation Monday following a quip about his medal's worthlessness, proving silence really is golden.

"I'm happy but I have to add that in Hungary, a European title isn't worth shit," the 26-year-old Verraszto told a Hungarian journalist shortly after winning the 400 metres medley event at the European swimming championships in Berlin on Sunday.

This did not go down well with the national federation, in a country that has consistently shown its superiority in the water, whether in swimming or water polo.

"For sure we won't be employing him as a spokesman in the near future," the head of Hungary's swimming body MUSZ, Tamas Gyarfas, said in a statement on Monday.

He denied speculation that Verraszto's cash bonus for winning the gold could be withdrawn however.

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