Two Sparta Prague footballers have been made to train with the women’s team after they told a female assistant referee to stay in the kitchen.
Lukas Vacha and Tomas Koubek were condemned by the Czech FA chairman and Sparta Prague appointed them as ambassadors of the women’s team following comments they made against assistant referee Lucie Ratajova last Sunday against Zbrojovka Brno.
Referee Ratajova failed to notice a clear offside which led to a goal by Zbrojovka Brno in the 92nd minute of the game, causing Sparta to lose a 3-2 lead.
After the game Lukas Vacha tweeted the assistant referee’s photo with a caption which read “To the cooker”, while Tomas Koubek said in an interview after the game “In my opinion, women should stay at the stove and not officiate men’s football.”
Both players apologized on Monday but the Czech FA chairman, Miroslav Pelta, said their statements immediately after the match “are totally unacceptable”. “I would like to emphasise that women are and will be an important part of football and their presence in its structures and at the stands is important for football.” he said.
Sparta General Director Adam Kotalik, on behalf of the club released a statement saying “As much as I understand that the boys were full of emotions after the finish of yesterday’s game, there are some boundaries that they can not cross in their statements. As well as serving as ambassadors of the team at the Uefa Women’s Champions League games they will both report to the boss of Sparta women’s teams Dusan Zovinec and will take part at some of the training sessions with one of our women’s team to see with their own eyes that the women can be skillful somewhere else than at the stove, too.”