Sparta Prague fans provoke early end of friendly

A referee called an early end to a Sparta Prague friendly in Austria because of flares and smoke bombs thrown by fans of the Czech club on Saturday. The referee blew the whistle on the game against German second league team Duisburg in the 81th minute with the score at 1:1. Sparta fans had started throwing flares onto the field in the first half. Ironically, one of their midfield players was unable to take the field in the second half after suffering from the smoke.

Author: Chris Johnstone