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.
The Czech football league leaders Teplice, who have been hit by a possible outbreak of swine flu, were beaten 6:2 by Sigma Olomouc on Monday evening, in the last game of the 15th round. One Teplice player is confirmed as having the H1N1 virus while another is suspected of having the illness and others have reportedly displayed flu symptoms. The club had an appeal to postpone the game turned down by the Czech football association, who cited UEFA guidelines.
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.
In Sports News this Monday: at least one member of the Teplice team is suffering from swine flu, but the Czech FA refuses to postpone their game Monday; Tomáš Necid nets two for CSKA in the Moscow derby against Spartak, while Jan Morávek, also 20, scores his debut goal for Schalke; and speed skater Martina Sáblíková comes close to her own world record in a spectacular 5000 m in Norway.
The new Czech football manager Michal Bílek says he understands the negative reaction after his young side were beaten 2:0 by minnows Azerbaijan in a friendly tournament in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. That followed a defeat to the hosts on Sunday. Czech newspapers have described the result against Azerbaijan as a disgrace. However, Bílek told reporters that the results were secondary and it was more important to keep trying out new players.
The Czech Republic’s national football team lost to Azerbaijan 0:2 at a tournament in Saudi Arabia on Wednsday, finishing last of four teams. The embarrassing defeat by the 125th team of the FIFA world ranking followed a Sunday’s loss to Saudi Arabia. Czechs lost both games under the new national side manager, Michal Bílek.
In Sports News this Monday: Michal Bílek loses his first game as Czech international football coach after fielding a young side against the UAE; Pavel Nedvěd will take a coaching role at Juventus, according to an Italian newspaper; and Radek Štěpánek climbs to 12th in the world rankings after reaching the semi-finals in Paris.
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