The Soccer Paradox

In Sports on February 11, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka

Many fans of the Czech soccer team FC Banik Ostrava became infamous for violent behavior. Any match of this team is considered risky by the police and there are riot units present every time the team plays.

The good guys, on the other hand, have won the vote on whose team anthem is sung by the crowds in the most impressive way. [The link opens a video]


One Response to “The Soccer Paradox”

  1. Thought you might find this interesting. The video of the incident is freakish. The teammate skate flew up and he was behind him. Have not seen anything on Czech news websites.
    Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik lost five units of blood, but doctors never considered his life in jeopardy after the player had his carotid artery nearly severed by a teammate’s skate in a freak and frightening accident.

    Zednik underwent an hour of surgery to reconnect the artery Sunday night and was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Buffalo General Hospital on Monday. He was awake and cooperative with the medical staff, doctors said.

    Attending surgeon Sonya Noor said there were no initial signs of brain damage, which is a fear whenever the coratid artery is clamped. She said clamps were in place for about 15 to 20 minutes during surgery, which she considers a short time.

    “So far, he looks very good. He’s awake, oriented,” said Noor. “He remembers what happened last night.”

    Zednik was sliced across the right side of the throat by teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate midway through the third period of Buffalo’s 5-3 victory. Doctors said the skate blade just missed cutting the jugular vein.

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