Czech fans banned for racial chants toward Wayne Simmonds

Czech fans banned for racial chants toward Wayne Simmonds
March 20, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Wayne Simmonds has 69 points in 109 total games since joining the Flyers in 2011. (USA Today Images)

PRAGUE -- A court in the Czech Republic has banned eight fans from a stadium for one year for racially abusing Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds in October when he was playing there during the NHL lockout.

Judge Petr Novak at the court in the northern city of Chomutov called Wednesday's verdict "sufficient."

Simmonds, who is black, was the target of racist chants while playing for Liberec White Tigers at the Chomutov Pirates on Oct. 28 in the Czech league.

The Czech Republic ice hockey federation has already fined the Pirates $1,500 for the chants. The Chomutov club also apologized to Simmonds.

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