Jan 14 2011

Spartak Trnava fans riot in Luhacovice (Czech Rep)

Our first mention of Czech side FC Tescoma Zlin this week came when former Brighton’s Slovak goalkeeper Peter Brezovan referred to a pre-season friendly he played there with his former English employers Swindon Town.  In what one assumes to be a slightly different ‘off-season’ atmosphere, Zlin took on Slovak side Spartak Trnava last week in a winter break ‘Tipsport-Liga’ match.

The official attendance at the match was 500, the vast majority of whom must have been fans associated with Trnava (or Ostrava).  Slovak fans travelled on masse to Luhacovice and what started out as the type of vociferous support Trnava fans are known for with banners and pyrotechnics descended into heavy riots with police.  Trnava fans are known to have a link with fans of the Czech side Banik Ostrava and banners showing their allegiances were on display at this match.

Unfortunately this incident has happened at a time when we’ve been using the winter break tournaments involving Czech and Slovak teams such as the Fortuna Vikend Sampionu and Tipsport Liga as fine examples of the friendly rivalry that exists between teams from the former Czechoslovakia.  This type of incident is not going to do much to help the cause of the potential merged league although it is not to say that his happened purely because Trnava were playing in the Czech Republic.  Besides, football grounds like this are hardly suitable for handling large crowds and it is nothing new that Trnava fans travel in larger numbers to support their team.

Trnava won the match 1-0 thanks to an 84th minute winner from striker Lubmoir Bernath.

Photos and video of the incident can be found here:


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4 Responses to “Spartak Trnava fans riot in Luhacovice (Czech Rep)”

  1.   James Baxteron 14 Jan 2011 at 11:53 am

    ‘it is nothing new that Trnava fans travel in larger numbers to support their team’

    I would say there are a good 200-300 who travel purely and simply to cause trouble and make other people’s lives a misery. I know there are issues surrounding stadiums, policing etc but while there are significant numbers of people whose very existence seems dedicated to provoking incidents like these, not much is going to get solved.

    Meanwhile, the good people of Myjava who want to see their local team play Trnava in the next round of fixtures will have to show their ID cards. Don’t suppose Trnava or their fans will give much of a damn about other people’s inconvenience, though.

  2.   britskibelasion 14 Jan 2011 at 2:36 pm

    James, appreciate that and fully agree. As I only found the story on that ‘ultras’ website and nowhere else despite a quick search, and had to link to them for the photos etc, I tried to keep my comment neutral-ish to avoid attracting a barrage of abuse from the wrong kinds of people.

    Basically I just wanted to raise awareness of the story as I didn’t see this one in the mainstream press. Was it reported at all in Slovakia?

    Obviously it cannot be coincidence so many matches featuring Trnava end in violence. We’ve discussed it before and I fully agree with you that more has to be done to keep the real troublemakers away from football, I just want to emphasise the point that the infrastructure is not there to do it at the moment.

    ID card system? Hm I didn’t hear about that one, so does that imply that the Slovak police are trying to start identifying and keeping a database of troublemakers?

  3.   James Baxteron 14 Jan 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Sorry didn’t explain the ID card thing very well. Apparently, tickets for this weekend’s match will be available only at the ‘kulturny dom’ in Myjava. People will have to go there, show their ID (presumably only those with addresses in Myjava will be allowed to buy tickets) and hand over 1 Euro in exchange for a ticket. It might only be one ticket per person too, can’t remember for sure. Frankly, I wouldn’t bother going through that rigmarole just for the Tipsport. Presumably, there’ll be line upon line of riot police at the ground and in town (village) to make sure Trnava fans are kept away.

    I do believe it’s about time the SFZ, ULK, police or whoever is responsible started putting serious pressure on Trnava to keep a database of their fans buying tickets for away games. Should really have happened after the trouble in Zilina at the Cup final, which was pretty terrifying. Yet the Trnava club’s attitude to all this can probably be summed up by the fact that they only installed CCTV at their own ground (which, let’s face it, is hardly a trouble-free zone) hours before the deadline Kosice and DAC missed back in September. Given that, it’s hard to see them agreeing to anything else designed to make sure decent people in Zilina, Myjava or wherever are spared from antics such as were witnessed in Zlin.

    Whenever there’s trouble involving Trnava, my reaction falls somewhere between raised hackles and weary sigh. The fact that they’re at it in the Tipsport Liga, as low-key a tournament as you’d find, would be laughable if it weren’t also so depressing.

  4.   britskibelasion 14 Jan 2011 at 6:47 pm

    It is indeed rather sad .. and a pity that such situations have to be managed by state resources.

    The Myjava thing indeed sounds like discrimination against home fans based on the reputation of the away fans. Not going to be a lot of fun, especially as Myjava is even closer to Trnava. What time do these matches kick off? I wonder why they don’t fix the kick off times around lunchtime as they do in high-risk games in England and Holland for example.

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