Two Sparta Prague players have been ordered to train with the club’s women’s team after telling a female linesman during a match that “women belong the kitchen.”
The match last Sunday against Zbrojovka Brno ended in a 3-3 draw and the Sparta players were aggrieved that referee’s assistant Lucie Ratajova failed to call an offside in stoppage time when Brno equalised.
Czech international keeper Tomas Koubek and midfielder Lukas Vacha vented their anger on Ratajova, with Koubek opining: “Women should be in the kitchen, not officiating a game played by men.”
Sparta’s Director General Adam Kotalik said, “The players will spend several days with the club’s female side so that they can be made aware that women have plenty of worth outside the kitchen.”
The president of the Czech Football Federation, Miroslav Pelta, also blasted the players. He called their comments “unacceptable.”
Both Koubek and Vacha have however apologised and put their words down to heated emotions after the game.
“Immediately after the game I said something that saddens me and I would like to ask forgiveness from all women,” Koubek wrote on social media.