Czech league fines club for fans' racist abuse of player

The Associated Press
In this file picture taken on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, Plzen midfielder Jean-David Beauguel, center, jumps for the ball with Dinamo Zagreb's Amer Gojak, right, during the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Dinamo Zagreb and Viktoria Plzen at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, Croatia. On Monday June 15, 2020, the top Czech league has condemned racist abuse of a player by fans during a league game. The incident occurred on Sunday at the game between Olomouc and Plzen when several fans directed racist insults at Plzen striker Jean-David Beauguel who is black. The 28-year-old is a French national. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic/File)
In this file picture taken on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, Plzen midfielder Jean-David Beauguel, center, jumps for the ball with Dinamo Zagreb's Amer Gojak, right, during the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Dinamo Zagreb and Viktoria Plzen at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, Croatia. On Monday June 15, 2020, the top Czech league has condemned racist abuse of a player by fans during a league game. The incident occurred on Sunday at the game between Olomouc and Plzen when several fans directed racist insults at Plzen striker Jean-David Beauguel who is black. The 28-year-old is a French national. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic/File)

PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech soccer league on Thursday fined a club 120,000 Czech crowns ($5,050) after its fans racially abused an opposing player during a game.

The incident occurred Sunday during the game between Olomouc and Plzen when several fans directed racist insults at Plzen striker Jean-David Beauguel of France, who is black.

Plzen won the game 1-0.

“The racist expressions by fans cannot be tolerated at the stadiums and such behavior is absolutely unacceptable,” said Richard Baček, the head of league’s disciplinary committee.

The league said Olomouc would face stricter punishment if a similar incident happens again, but said the club did well in escorting the fans from the stadium and banning them from attending games in the future.

Olomouc also has been cooperating with police in their investigation of the incident, the committee said.

There was only a small crowd at the match because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The disciplinary committee also opened an investigation into alleged racist abuse of Beauguel and his teammate, midfielder Joel Kayamba of the Democratic Republic of Congo, by Sparta Prague fans during Wednesday’s cup game in Prague.

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