Czech federation wants tougher rules for hooligans

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 23, 2014 at 10:39 am •  Published: March 23, 2014

PRAGUE (AP) — The head of the Czech football federation wants tougher rules to tackle football hooliganism.

Miroslav Pelta's appeal was released Sunday, a day after fans of Banik Ostrava and Sparta Prague clashed violently with police during the 1-1 draw in Ostrava.

Police arrested 30 fans and the start of the second half between the fierce rivals had to be delayed by 30 minutes.

Pelta wants to immediately open talks with the government and clubs to get new rules to make it easier to prevent hooligans from entering stadiums. He did not give details.

Pelta says "it would be irresponsible to wait for a deadly tragedy to happen."