September 6, 2007 / 8:54 PM / 11 years ago

Soccer-Roundup 3-Sparta Prague's Horvath fined for Nazi gesture

PRAGUE, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Soccer news in brief from around the world.

* Sparta Prague midfielder Pavel Horvath has been fined 200,000 crowns ($9,896) for raising his right hand during a Czech League match.

A disciplinary committee said Horvath harmed the reputation of Czech soccer with a gesture toward Sparta’s fans that evoked a Nazi greeting at the end of a game against city rivals Viktoria Zizkov.

Horvath has apologised and said he raised the hand not to hail but in order to calm down hard-core fans.

* Derby County striker Craig Fagan has been banned for four matches after being found guilty of violent conduct, the English FA said on Thursday.

Fagan, who denied the charge, was seen to stamp on the outstretched leg of Liverpool’s Alvaro Arbeloa during Derby’s 6-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday.

Referee Alan Wiley did not see the incident but television replays highlighted the incident. A disciplinary commission imposed an automatic three-match suspension, plus an additional match as they considered the denial to be frivolous.

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