Sparta Prague have sent two players 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 following comments they made against assistant referee Lucie Ratajova last weekend.
After the game against Zbrojovka Brno, Vacha tweeted the assistant referee’s photo with a caption reading ‘To the cooker’, while goalkeeper Tomas Koubek – who has a wife and a daughter – told the media: “In my opinion, women should stay at the stove and not officiate men’s football.”
Both players issued apologies on Monday but the Czech FA chairman, Miroslav Pelta, said their statements ‘are totally unacceptable’, the Guardian reports.
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.
Football belongs to the wide public including families and women. We are trying to accommodate them and such statements are totally unacceptable. It will certainly be a topic at the next FA executive board meeting and I expect the disciplinary committee to react to it in a corresponding way.
In light of the situation, Vacha and Koubek’s club has appointed them as ambassadors of the women’s team, with Sparta telling Czech papers: “The players will spend several days with the club’s female side so they can see women have plenty of worth outside the kitchen.”
Welcome to 2016, guys – misogyny isn’t welcome here.