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Simmonds subjected to racist taunts during Czech Extraliga game

Oct 29, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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After engaging in a fight during Sunday’s Liberec-Chomutov Czech Extraliga game, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was subjected to chants of “Opice” — “monkey” in English — by several Chomutov fans.

Chomutov was quick to condemn those actions with a statement on the club website.

(Translation courtesy Puck Daddy):

“We are disgusted by the behavior of a group of spectators who greatly damaged the reputation of the club. We would like to deeply apologize to the players and Mr. Simmonds,” said Chomutov Marketing Director David Dinda.

“It was embarrassing, pathetic and small. I ask these people to not attend Chomutov hockey games. In fans like them we are not interested in.

“We’ll do our best to find people who are the originators of this act and prevent them entry to the stadium.” said Chomutov GM Jaroslav Veverka.

Chomutov officials later sent an official apology letter to Simmonds (posted to the club’s Facebook page), which read like this:

Dear Mr. Simmonds,

We would like to express regret about chanting that sounded from part of audience at the end of the match between Pirates Chomutov and White Tigers Liberec.

We damn this behaviour and do not identify with it. We do not consider as our fans people that participated in racist chanting. We do not agree with racism in any form.

Please accept our honest apology for this behaviour.

The letter was signed on behalf of Chomutov management, partners and players — players that include locked-out NHLers Milan Jurcina and Michael Frolik, and former Pittsburgh Penguin Milan Kraft.

For video of the incident, click here.

For the statement from the Liberec organization, click here.

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  1. jagrbomb18 - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Simmonds could destroy anyone of those fans chanting that stupid sh*t. I just want to watch the flyers :(

  2. phillyphan93 - Oct 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Looks like there is ignorant people all over the world! I agree with you Jagr, the orange and black have to get back on the ice!

  3. runtheball - Oct 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    I hate the Flyers, but their is no place for that.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      “There”. And the flyers hate you.

  4. habsman - Oct 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Looks like the Czech Republic and Boston have a lot in common.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Racism will never go away. Doesn’t matter what country or time zone. As long as people look different, racism will always exist.

    • grillmarks - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      “Until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes there is war.”

      • puckdog - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        That’s Marley right? If not you should hear the whole song, War. Icelovinbrotha215 is probably right, but who’s to say what the world will look like 2,000 years from now. Will we (some or most) still attend games and get liquored up and vent irrationally on someone who looks different, but the love of the game we have in common?

  6. antkowiak666 - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Simmonds is awesome,i’m glad he plays for the Flyers!!

    • namriverrat69 - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      There is a good reason the Kings traded him to Philthydelphia. It was his off ice activities that interfered with his roommate Jonathan Quick. Quick’s growth was a little stifled during the time they roomed together but Quick blew up winning the trophy last year. There were games where Simmonds did not seem connected with the game. Quick was the future of the team in goal. I don’t know if Simmonds had hangovers or highovers or what. He wasn’t a solid consistant player which led to his trade. He has a great upside and lot of potential, he sticks up for his team mates and never backs down. I really like him as a King. BUT he had a down side that was detrimental to Quick so he was gone. Sounds like the same thing people said about Richards in Philly before he was traded. I hope everyone is happy now. We Kings fans certainly are.

  7. manchestermiracle - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    For a country that got overrun by Nazis and subjected to racial cleansing you’d think these troglodytes would have learned something.

    • puckdog - Oct 30, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      The Nazis were first the Russians ran Prague into the ground,

      • blomfeld - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:51 AM

        Friends … it looks like we’re all on the “same page” here at this post … so I say to hell with “czeching” these people … let’s slam these jerks into the boards head first !

        Earps = Blomfeld, Elvis, LA Kings and everyone above

        Clantons & McLaury’s = racist Czech fans and all other agents of hatred

  8. bleed4philly - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Ive been called quite a few politically incorrect terms in my playing days. If I was Simmonds I’d just take the high road, if people know that something will get to you they will just keep doing it. Michael Jordan used to get knocked around by the bad boy pistons but he never showed signs of pain or weakness, and he became the greatest of all time.

  9. chrisvegas - Oct 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    People have no class today. True hockey fans would appreciate this kids game, they wouldn’t be focused on the color of his skin.

  10. dkphilly1122 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    This is just pure ignorance. Simmonds is a good HOCKEY player, nothing to do with black or white. That’s what is wrong with the WORLD, we judge based on the color of someone’s skin instead of the fact that we are people and he is a HOCKEY Player. Just proves there is ignorance all over the world. Simmonds is great to watch as a diehard Flyer’s fan. He brings passion and determination every night he plays and gives the fans stuff to cheer for and respect him. Racism has to stop, but it never will.

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