Czech fans to face bans for violence, racism

BY foxsports • February 24, 2010

The Czech Republic justice minister says soccer fans must behave or face being banned from attending matches for violent and race-related incidents.

Speaking on Wednesday ahead of the resumption of the Czech's top league this weekend, Daniela Kovarova said fans could be banned from stadiums for up to 10 years under a new penal code.

Authorities said the measure, modeled on a similar one applied in Britain, was in place to curb violence and racism in Czech stadiums.

Sparta Prague was forced to play a Champions League match against Arsenal in 2005 with a third of its stadium closed because of the racist behavior of its fans. UEFA also fined Sparta on that occasion but Prague's Jewish representatives complained later that anti-Semitic chants had not stopped.

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