Czech Republic stars fined for sexist comments against woman referee

Sparta Prague goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and midfielder Lukas Vacha were each fined 40,000 koruna (1,500 euros).

By: AFP | Prague | Published:October 7, 2016 3:55 pm
Sparta goalkeeper Tomas Koubek celebrates after his teammate Sparta’s Mario Holek scored during the Europa League group K soccer match between Sparta Praha and Inter Milan in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Sparta Prague goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and midfielder Lukas Vacha had already been asked to train with the club’s women’s team following their sexist slur against a woman referee. (AP Photo)

Two Czech internationals were fined Thursday for telling a woman referee to “go back to the kitchen” after she failed to whistle for an offside decision.

Sparta Prague goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and midfielder Lukas Vacha were each fined 40,000 koruna (1,500 euros) and ordered to conduct a training session for the club’s junior side for their outbursts after Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Zbrojovka Brno.

They had already been ordered by their club to spend a number of days training with Sparta’s women’s team.

The pair believed that referee Lucie Ratajova should have blown for an offside in the move which led to Zbrojovka’s final goal of the game.

“Women should stay in the kitchen and not referee men’s matches,” said Koubek.

Vacha echoed his teammate’s complaints on social media, telling Ratajova to go “to the kitchen”.

Richard Bacek, the head of the Czech league’s disciplinary committee, told the pair they had a duty “to behave professionally”.

Meanwhile, Ratajova, dubbed by some sections of the Czech media as “the most famous Czech chef” has paid a heavier price for her error by being suspended for four games.

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