Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds skates against the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn., Sep. 26, 2011. (BRUCE BENNETT/Getty Images/AFP)
Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, now playing in the Czech Extraliga after a stint in Germany, was taunted by racist fans during a game Sunday in Chomutov.
After Simmonds, playing for HC Bili Tygri Liberec, fought with Chomutov's Miroslav Zalesak in the third period, some fans started chanting the Czech word for monkey.
On Monday, both teams condemned the actions of the fans. Chomutov officials sent a letter of apology to Simmonds
"It was embarrassing, pathetic and small," Chomutov general manager Jaroslav Veverka said. "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."
Liberec general manager Ctibor Jecha praised Chomutov for responding so quickly.
"We highly appreciate the position of the leadership of Chomutov, which unambiguously condemned the behavior of a small group of fans and take action to prevent other similar expressions," he said.
This isn't the first time Simmonds has been subjected to racist behaviour. During an NHL exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings in London, Ont., last year, a banana peel was thrown onto the ice as he skated in on a shootout attempt.