By Adebayo Williams
Sparta Prague sent two of its players to train with the women’s team after they told a female assistant referee, Lucie Ratajova, to stay away from the field and stay in the kitchen. The players, Lukas Vacha and Tomas Koubek, were said to have been angered when her decision did not go their way in a league match last weekend. Sparta lost the match courtesy of an offside goal scored by their opponents.
Vacha had tweeted Ratajov’s picture and captioned it, “To the cooker”, while Koubek told the media: “In my opinion, women should stay at the stove and not officiate men’s football”.
Their sexist comments led to a strong reprimand by the Czech FA chairman and their club leading to their appointment as ambassadors of the women’s team. The FA boss rejected their apologies saying they were totally unacceptable and urged the disciplinary committee to react accordingly.
In a club statement Adam Kotalik, the Sparta general director, said: “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 skilful somewhere else than at the stove, too.”
Ratajova was handed a four-game suspension on Tuesday for two errors in the Brno-Sparta match – she also failed to flag for an offside before a Sparta goalearlier in the game.