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Rivals Sparta, Slavia fined for crowd trouble

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PRAGUE (AP)

The Czech Republic Football Association has punished bitter Prague rivals Sparta and Slavia for trouble caused by their fans during their derby on Saturday.

The disciplinary committee fined each team 200,000 koruna ($10,000) on Thursday and Slavia, which hosted the match, will have to play a home game without fans if similar incidents happen again.

Sparta's notorious hooligans chanted anti-Semitic slogans during their team's 2-0 victory, set off firecrackers and pelted Slavia captain Karol Kisel with water bottles, lighters and other objects when he wanted to execute a corner kick, prompting the referee to interrupt the game twice.

Fans of both teams also invaded the pitch after the game.

Sparta had been previously fined by UEFA for the racist behavior of its fans.

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