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He denied speculation that Verraszto's cash bonus for winning the gold could be withdrawn however.