In this weeks sports news, spectator scuffles stop play in a weekend Gambrinus Liga match; Czech long-distance speed-skater Martina Sáblíková wins silver in Moscow; the Czech paralympic movement settles a long-running internal dispute and ice-hockey sensation Jaromír Jágr’s many millions.
Play was suspended for ten minutes during the second half of a match between FC Baník Ostrava and FK Mladá Boleslav after home fans from Ostrava attempted to raid the pitch. The incident occurred during the 49th minute, with Mladá Boleslav up 2:0. The referee suspended the match, sending all the players into their dressing rooms for ten minutes while order was restored. Reports suggest that the home fans, in their effort to storm the pitch, physically attacked one of the officials. Local police then acted to secure the pitch by forcing spectators back into their seats. Once the match was underway again, Ostrava upped the pressure with an unsuccessful 73rd minute strike from Martin Lukeš; then, during the sixth minute of added time, came a goal from Tomáš Marek. But ultimately this wasn’t enough to turn around the spring season Gambrinus Liga match, which ended 2:1.
And in other Gambrinus Liga matches over the weekend, Dukla Praha beat Viktoria Žižkov 3:0; Sparta Praha beat Slovácko FC 1:0; Viktoria Plzeň beat FK Teplice 4:3 and FK Příbram and Slavia Praha ended in a goalless draw.
Finally, reports suggest that the forty-year-old Czech ice-hockey player Jaromír Jágr, currently playing for the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers has made around one billion crowns (or around 53 million dollars) during his roughly twenty years playing the sport. According to Hospodářské Noviny, the player’s most lucrative contract was for the 2002-03 season with the Washington Capitals, worth 11.5 million dollars. Today, his latest contract is reportedly worth only 3.3 million dollars. However, the paper also notes numerous financial woes incurred by the Czech hockey star, including roughly 1 million dollars spent on gambling and a 2003 bill for unpaid taxes of 3.27 million dollars. Jágr is also a significant donor to the Czech Civic Democratic party, reportedly giving then 4 million crowns in 2010.