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Cup tie abandoned after Slavia Praha violence

A pitch invasion by disgruntled Slavia fans caused the abandonment of the first leg of their cup semi-final against Sigma Olomouc on Thursday (5/5/11). The exasperated mob invaded the corporate areas of their own ground, ransacking the executive boxes in an attempt to find some answers regarding the club’s arcane ownership structure and precarious future.

Slavia Praha violence

The Czech FA have not yet granted Slavia a license for the Gambrinus Liga next season as a result of their ugly balance sheet. The prospect of being ignominiously dumped in the 3rd tier next season was seemingly too much for the unruly assemblage yesterday, who underlined their displeasure by breaking stuff and loitering on the field of play.

Michal Petrák has a more detailed account of the Slavia Praha fiasco on the new and rather splendid Slavic Football Union site.

Sparta Prague Hit By Identity Crisis

Sparta Prague were caught with their pants down earlier this week fielding three players for a friendly after having withdrawn the trio from international duty due to injury.

In order to conceal their identities, Tomas Pekhart, Vaclav Kadlec and Croatian defender Manuel Pamic were omitted from the team sheet for the mid-winter friendly vs Zenit St Petersburg, and took the field wearing the named shirts of other squad members.

Suspicions were raised after Czech journalists covering the game noticed that holding midfielder Martin Abena had been shunted up top to play in an incongruous target-man role. Sparta’s intricate subterfuge was ultimately foiled upon the realisation that Cameroonian Abena had morphed into a 6’4” tall, caucasian youth, baring a striking resemblance to the Czech international striker, Tomas Pekhart.

Funny But Bad

While I am certain that almost all leading European clubs deceive national associations into believing players have succumbed to injury, fatigue, and rare tropical diseases in the days leading up to meaningless international fixtures, Sparta have somewhat unreasonably ramped up the trickery with this latest ruse.

My deep love for Czech football largely stems from the country’s propensity for comedy scandals, however Sparta Prague’s latest action only highlights their curt regard for the Czech FA, which harbours pernicious undercurrents for the Czech game. This is not the kind of behaviour the Czech football authorities want to see from the most influential club in the country, and as such I think (and hope) they will come down hard on the club. Sparta’s less-than-watertight justification that all three players recovered ahead of time, and that the club did not have the relevant shirts in preparation for the match, only amplifies Sparta’s contempt for the CMFS.

Interestingly, the Croatian FA took an insouciant stance on the incident, noting only that they were pleased for Pamic that he made such a swift recovery.

However, Vladimir Smicer, the Czech National Team Sports Manager, was less pleased. The former Liverpool and Slavia Prague legend is looking for a large fine for Sparta and a domestic ban for the three incognitos (leaving Pekhart and Kadlec available for Sparta’s huge Europa League encounter with Liverpool).

Sparta will face the Czech FA disciplinary committee in the coming days. Here is a taster of the event starring Captain Heartbreaker as Sparta’s representatives.

CMFS Rebrand!

The Czech FA, or Českomoravský Fotbalový Svaz to give it its full handle, has launched a new logo in an attempt to modernise its brand.

The governing body of Czech football has ditched the widely recognised national insignia in favour of a redefining team logo. The Svaz as I like to call them, considerately allowed fans the chance to vote for the new emblem from a broad selection of the following two:

I can only assume that the internet mistranslated the Czech for modern as these MS Paint offerings are disturbingly similar to the logo on my 1991 Pro Set football trading card pack. Evidently the cowboys behind the London 2012 logo are still getting work, and I’m considering a future in graphic design.

But pity the poor Czech public. Usually in such a situation you’d take the lesser of two evils, but this is like choosing your third A level after you’ve already highlighted Art and Sports Science. In the end, they plumped for the pygmy lion-king cakewalking atop the world’s largest football.

CMFS Federal Vice-President Henry Rajchl had the following to say (through Google translate), “For us the main thing is that we use a modern logo, which does not contradict the legal status that there must be a state emblem of the Czech Republic. We are glad to return to the lion on his chest, and I believe him to return the lion spirit in our hearts, to which we can advance to the Euro.”

Not the best outcome in my opinion but I don’t envisage it making a great deal of difference either. Plus, it’s probably worth highlighting that unlike the Royal Mail or GAP who spent millions of dollars only to revert to their original branding, the Czech FA have skilfully spent no money and embraced theirs.

Whichever way you look at it we will be wishing farewell to the logo of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, albeit reluctantly, so here she is one last time in all her glory: