Slavia invites health workers to watch Europa League

Prague, March 9 (AFP/APP): Slavia Prague said Tuesday they had invited medical staff working in the battle against Covid-19 to watch Thursday‘s Europa League clash against Glasgow Rangers, making up for a gaffe from their game against Leicester.

On February 18, despite Covid-19 restrictions, Slavia were allowed to invite 600 people to watch their previous Europa League home game against Leicester. But the club came under fire when a sports daily published a photo of the VIP stands with prominent guests including Vladimir Mynar the head of the national president’s office, and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, both Slavia fans. The VIP fans also included former health minister Roman Prymula, an epidemiologist, who had called for stricter restrictions earlier on the day of the match.

His presence with his son angered Czechs regardless of their football affiliation. The Czech Republic has topped the world’s statistics for new Covid-19 infections per capita for weeks, according to an AFP tally based on official data. Its hospitals have been at the limit of their capacity for months, and people are increasingly scratching their heads over government restrictions, many of which have been in place since last autumn. Critics said medical staff deserved a place in the Slavia stands more than the VIPs and Slavia were quick to respond.

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