Rivals Sparta, Slavia fined for crowd trouble

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.