Four Sparta fans charged with crime after Sunday arrest of hundreds of fans before game

03-05-2010

Police in the north Moravian city of Ostrava have charged four soccer fans with violent behavior, 119 were given a misdemeanor charge. Over 300 fans were arrested before the Sparta Prague soccer game on Sunday evening. The arrests were made after Sparta supporters made physical and verbal attacks on officers on their way to a match against Baník Ostrava. There have been tensions between the fans of both clubs for many years. After several hours, 200 of those detained on Sunday were let go and returned to Prague by train. The game ended 1:1, leaving Sparta and Baník tied on points with only three rounds of the Czech league to go; Sparta are top as they have a superior goal difference.