Posted October 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Czech Republic's ice hockey federation says it has fined a club after its fans aimed racist chants toward Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, who is playing in the top Czech league during the NHL lockout. In a statement issued Tuesday, the federation said the Chomutov Pirates were fined 30,000 koruna ($1,554) by its disciplinary committee for the chants directed toward Simmonds, who currently plays for the Liberec White Tigers. The incident took place during Sunday's game between the Pirates and the Tigers. According to, after Simmonds got into a fight with a Chomutov player, some fans of the home team started chanting "opice" at Simmonds -- a word that translates to "monkey." This comes a little over a year after a fan threw a banana peel onto the ice during a preseason game in Canada while Simmonds was skating in for a penalty shot. Having played hockey his entire life, Simmonds has dealt with situations like this in the past and has learned to deal with th...
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