Opponents refuse to play Gypsy soccer team in Czech Republic, fueling football racism claims

November 12, 2014 12:15 PM

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Opponents refuse to play Gypsy soccer team in Czech Republic, fueling football racism claims

Goalkeeper of Roma Decin Patrik Herak, center, celebrates with teammates after a penalty shoot out during a match in Decin, Czech Republic, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. The Roma Decin football club is having its best season ever, winning six of 10 matches and climbing to fourth in the standings. But the team’s mainly Gypsy players have found little to celebrate: They keep winning because their opponents don’t turn up (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (The Associated Press)

Players of Roma Decin sit in a dressing room during a halftime break of their match in Decin, Czech Republic, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. The Roma Decin football club is having its best season ever, winning six of 10 matches and climbing to fourth in the standings. But the team’s mainly Gypsy players have...

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