According to reports, including by iDnes and the Daily Mail, Arsenal midfielder Tomáš Rosický suffered a leg muscle injury after playing on for his club in the final 20 minutes of the fourth round of the FA Cup. The match against Burnley (which Arsenal won 2:1) marked the first time Rosický played this season, after being sidelined eight months due to injury and having undergone knee surgery in August. According to the Daily Mail, he could be out for an additional four weeks; other sites reported he could be out of action for six.
Czech midfielder Tomáš Rosický came on in the 71st minute to replace Alex Iwobi in Arsenal's FA Cup fourth round match-up against Burnely. It is the first time this season that Rosický has played for his team; he was out of action for some eight months and underwent knee surgery last August. In the 84th minute, Rosický helped create an opportunity for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but the latter shot high. Goalkeeper Petr Čech did not play; David Ospina had goalkeeping duties on Saturday. Arsenal won the match 2:1
In football, leading top league Czech football club Viktoria Plzeň has prolonged the contract of current manager Karel Krejčí until the end of June 2018. The current deal was due to expire at the end of this season. Krejčí took over in August last year when the West Bohemian club exited the qualifying round for the Champions League. At the mid-point in the season, Viktoria are currently top of the local league with a three point lead over nearest rivals, Sparta Prague.
Czech-based betting company Synot announced Thursday that it is ending its sponsorship of the top Czech football league. It will also terminates its sponsorship of first league clubs Sparta Prague, Jablonec, and the Nymburk basketball club as well as its wider support for the Czech Sporting Union. Synot said its move was prompted by changes in betting legislation which will cost it hundreds of millions of crowns. It would not be possible to support its Czech activities with earnings from foreign operations it added. Synot said it would continue supporting sport in other countries which provided a n environment for activities to prosper.
In football, Sparta Prague lost 3:1 in a friendly against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night. The Prague team drew level at shortly after half time with David Lafata finding the net but then conceded two more goals in the second half. The high profile match was the first appearance for new signing, striker Josef Šural, recently acquired from Liberec. Second in the German Bundesliga, Dortmund were preparing for the start of the new German season on Saturday.
Czech football goalkeeper Petr Čech helped his club Arsenal clinch what many pundits saw as a key point against Stoke at the weekend. The clubs drew 0:0 but as a result Arsenal are at the top of the table. After the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger called Čech’s goalkeeping “outstanding”. The clean sheet was Čech’s 10th of the season and earned him the Man of the Match award.
The state prosecutors’ office has dropped legal proceedings against Czech footballer David Limberský, charged in a drinking and driving incident in Prague last September. After consuming alcohol, the player crashed his luxury Bentley in front of a police squad car and attempted to flee the scene. No one was hurt in the incident. The case against him was suspended after Mr Limberský paid all damages and agreed to a one-year ban on driving. His lawyer said important factors in the decision were that he no previous criminal record, nor had any points deducted in the points system which is part of the Czech driver’s licence.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs exit ice hockey U20 worlds after 7:0 loss to US – coach says fifth place reflects team’s abilities; new club hockey attendance record set at temporary outdoor arena in Brno; Jágr helps Florida extend streak; Kozák finally returns to Premier League action; and funeral of Pavel Srníček held in Ostrava.
The funeral was held on Monday for former Czech and Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srníček. He died following a heart attack at the age of 47. The keeper played for his country in the European Championships in 1996 and 2000, but was best known at club level for his seven years as goalkeeper for Newcastle United between 1991 and 1998. Srníček was more recently been one of the goalkeeping coaches for Sparta Prague. Newcastle United players payed tribute to the Czech before Saturday’s game against Arsenal when they wore t-shirts showing Srníček along with the message ‘Pavel is a Geordie’.
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