Czech defender Limbersky loses club captaincy after crash

PRAGUE (AP) Czech Republic defender David Limbersky was stripped of the captaincy of Viktoria Plzen on Friday, a day after he allegedly drove into a fence in Prague and tried to flee.

Viktoria said it considers the incident ''an absolutely unacceptable violation of the professional contract.'' The club also fined him.

Police said officers witnessed the crash early Thursday, and detained the driver after he tried to escape. They said his blood-alcohol level was higher than .15 percent, the threshold for being considered drunk while driving.

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Limbersky could face up to three years in prison if tried and convicted, because he caused a crash.

He scored in a 2-1 victory at Latvia on Sunday that gave the Czechs a spot at next year's European Championship.