Former national ‘keeper Pavel Srníček in critical condition


In football, former Czech goalkeeper Pavel Srníček has been taken to hospital after a suspected heart failure. The ‘keeper, who played for his country in the European Championships in 1996 and 2000, was rushed to Ostrava hospital on Sunday. He is reported to be in a critical condition. The player was best known at club level for his seven years as goalkeeper for Newcastle United between 1991 and 1998. He returned for a brief spell to the English club before ending his playing career at the age of 39. Srníček has more recently been one of the goalkeeping coaches for Sparta Prague.