In Sports News this Monday: in football’s Europa League, Plzeň beat title holders Atletico to win their group; Czech FA boss approaches UEFA over corruption in domestic league; Czech men finish seventh at world floorball championships, and discus thrower Věra Cechlová is set to receive bronze from Athens Olympics after IOC disqualifies four medallists over doping.
Football: Plzeň beat holders Atletico to win Europa League group
“I think they are one of the best teams in Europe. I’m of course aware they did not arrive in full strength. But we beat one of the top clubs and it doesn’t really matter what their line-up was.”
The other Czech club in the Europa League this season, Sparta Prague drew 0:0 against Athletic Bilbao in Spain on Thursday, having also already advanced to the knockout phase, from second place in Group I.
Czech FA boss asks UEFA for help with corruption case
“I would expect that in a scandal of this size, all those involved would cooperate. However, the owner of Vitkoria Plzeň sends out messages and threats through the media and files lawsuits, and put the association under immense pressure.”
According to the Czech FA chairman, UEFA promised to provide consultations and possible send a disciplinary inspector to Prague to help untangle the case.
Czechs finish 7th at World Floorball Championship
The Czechs then played Norway for fifth place but lost in a penalty shootout. Seventh place is historically the worst result for the Czech Republic in the competition. In an interview for the tournament’s website, experienced striker Tomáš Sladký spoke about his disappointment.
“This tournament was the worst experience in my career. What can say? We lost the tournament in the group game against Latvia. That was the decisive moment and in this game, we lost everything, and then, every game was worse and worse. We can now just sit in the dressing room and cry like babies.”
Discus thrower Pospíšílová-Cechlová set to receive Olympic bronze from Athens
“My biggest motivation has always been to win an Olympic medal. It’s still only speculation but if it actually happens, it would be like a dream come true for me.”