Czech clubs Viktoria Plzen, Jablonec fined for fans' anti-Islam banners
PRAGUE -- Two clubs in the top Czech division have been fined by the country's football federation for anti-Islam messages held up by their fans.
The federation's disciplinary committee said in a statement Thursday it fined champion Viktoria Plzen and Jablonec 100,000 koruna ($4,110) each.
In a match against Bohemians Prague 1905, Jablonec fans unveiled a huge poster with a female figure called "Europe" kicking a pig wearing a turban. Police also have been investigating the case.
The fans said they were inspired by the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, while the club distanced itself from the supporters.
Plzen fans displayed a similar anti-Islam poster in a match against Slavia Prague.