In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s tennis player of the year is…the country’s whole Davis Cup team; the Czech women’s floorball team reach the last four at the World Championship for the first time, but come home empty handed; speed skater Martina Sáblíková wins a World Cup 3000m race in her second best time; and Sparta and Slavia face their last games of 2009 in football’s Europa League, though only the former have something to play for.
The Czech FA’s disciplinary committed fined on Thursday the Prague-based club Bohemians 1905 for failing to prevent fan violence during a November game against city rival Sparta. Bohemians, who hosted the match, will have to pay 200,000 crowns, or more than 11,000 US dollars and play their next home game behind closed doors. In a first ruling of its kind, visitors Sparta Prague, also landed a fine of 100,000 crowns for the conduct of their supports during the game.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs lose 5:0 to Spain in the final of the Davis Cup in Barcelona – Radek Štěpánek says the Spanish deserved their victory; injury-dogged Tomáš Rosický is “devastated” after picking up a groin strain that will see him sidelined for around a month; and Plzeň move to the top of the ice hockey Extraliga.
The Czech footballer Jaroslav Plašil scored the only goal of a game between his club Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, keeping the former at the top of the French league. It was only the midfielder’s second strike for Bordeaux since he joined them in the summer. Plašil’s international team-mate Petr Čech, meanwhile, had to pick the ball out of Chelsea’s net twice in their 2:1 defeat at Manchester City, after previously going for 525 minutes without conceding a goal. And the injury plagued Tomáš Rosický will be out of action for around a month, after suffering a groin strain in Arsenal’s 2:0 victory over Stoke.
Sparta Prague lost to PSV Eindhoven 0:1 in a UEFA Europa League’s group stage game in the Netherlands on Thursday. The only of the match came in the 91st minute when Sparta captain Tomáš Řepka scored an own goal. While PSV qualified for the knock-out stage, Sparta will have to beat Copenhagen in the last game to go on.
In this week’s Sports News, Czech preparations go smoothly for the Davis Cup clash with Spain; Šárka Záhrobská does what she does best in Aspen, Colorado, with another downhill slalom World Cup victory; and Sparta Prague catch up to Teplice at the top of the football league, although the flu-struck league leaders were allowed to make an early start to the winter break.
Czech league leaders Teplice have been hit by illness, including the H1N1 flu virus, and have asked for Sunday's first division match against Viktoria Plzen to be postponed, a club spokesman said on Thursday. Eighteen of the 24 first-team squad are ill, with at least five suffering from H1N1 flu. Teplice, who are top with 32 points from 15 matches, had already asked for last Monday's match against Olomouc to be postponed but the Czech FA declined the request. Teplice fielded a mostly reserve team and lost 6-2.
The head of the Czech-Moravian Football Association has said he is considering a new idea to help combat corruption and injustice in Czech football - the office of a new football ombudsman. The FA head, who was elected in the summer with a strong mandate to “clean up” the sport, has received a slew of complaints on his desk, addressing a number of issues including charges of allegedly corrupt refereeing, questions which a football ombudsman might be better suited to address.
Slavia Prague football club are in talks with Spartak Moscow over a deal which could see Slavia captain Marek Suchý join the Russian side on a one-year loan deal. However, a representative of Spartak denied media reports that they would pay one million euros for the services of the 21-year-old defender for a 12-month period.
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