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Sparta midfielder Pavel Horvath investigated for allegedly giving Nazi salute

Sparta midfielder Pavel Horvath investigated for allegedly giving Nazi salute

The Czech soccer federation began investigating alleged Nazi salutes by Sparta Prague midfielder Pavel Horvath during a league match.
Federation spokesman Vit Pavlusek said Horvath's conduct was judged "unsportsmanlike," according to initial findings Thursday by the federation's disciplinary committee.
Horvath allegedly twice saluted Sparta fans with his right arm outstretched seconds before the end of the match against Viktoria Zizkov on Saturday, which Sparta won 4-1. Horvath was already substituted at the time.
The committee resumes its investigation next Thursday. Pavlusek said the federation also asked for TV footage of the incident.
"It is a big misunderstanding," Horvath was quoted as saying by the Lidove Noviny daily newspaper Thursday. "I am really not a fascist."
Sparta backed Horvath, saying he was trying to calm fans down.
It was not immediately clear what punishment Horvath could face.
Sparta fans have previously chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans.
Chants during a Champions League qualifying match against Arsenal two weeks ago in Prague were condemned as anti-Semitism by the head of Prague's Jewish community, Frantisek Banyai.
In 2005, Sparta was forced to play Arsenal in the Champions League with one third of its stadium closed. This was punishment by UEFA for the racist behavior of its fans during a previous Champions League match against Ajax, which Sparta lost 2-0. UEFA also fined Sparta euro32,000 (US$43,500).


Updated : 2021-07-29 21:34 GMT+08:00