Czech football club claims racism reason for continued fines
A Czech football club threatened with closure has claimed racism to be the main cause for the disciplinary fines it is unable to pay off.
Amateur side, FC Děčín, have fines of just over £1,000 withstanding. The majority of the amount to be paid off has been incurred as a result of a brawl which took place during a local derby game against rivals Lokomotiv Děčín.
FC Děčín chairman, Ladislav Čisár, said the incident was sparked by a player on the opposing team who used racially abusive language. The club has a significant number of Gypsies, Roma, and Traveller players.
Čisár commented: “When it comes to us Roma, nobody is about to help us. We will nonetheless try to continue.”
With a lack of sponsors and having not charged membership fees, the club is struggling to pay off the amount owed. If they fail to clear the fine, FC Děčín will be banned from playing next season.
Other teams in the league have refused to play FC Děčín, whether they are able to overcome their financial troubles or not. A Facebook site calling for the club to be disbanded has been launched.
One poster, said: “Poor devils, you thought you could play real football with the whites without violence. That could only be the hope of, if you forgive the expression, an idiot.”
A local Roma activist, Radek Horváth, said: “I think the club should remain. That’s partly because of its long tradition, but also due to the fact that lads from the ghetto, on the margins of society, are playing there.”
From Ceska Pozice