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

Swimming - Hungary swimmer in hot water over 'worthless' medal quip
This picture taken with an underwater camera shows first placed Hungary's David Verraszto competing in the 400m medley men final event at the 32nd LEN European swimming championships on August 24, 2014 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (AFP Photo/DAMIEN MEYER)

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He denied speculation that Verraszto's cash bonus for winning the gold could be withdrawn however.