Czech Republic football club Sparta Prague has sent two of its players to train with the women’s team after the players told a female assistant referee that ‘women belong in the kitchen’.
Lukas Vacha and Tomas Koubek were condemned by the Czech FA chairman and their club appointed them as ambassadors of the women’s team following comments they made against the assistant referee Lucie Ratajova last weekend.
Sparta told 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.”
Ratajova failed to notice a clear offside as Sparta lost a 3-2 lead in the 92nd minute against Zbrojovka Brno following a goal by Alois Hycka last Sunday.
After the game Vacha, the injured Sparta midfielder, tweeted the assistant referee’s photo with a caption reading ‘To the cooker’, while the goalkeeper Tomas Koubek told the media after the game, “In my opinion, women should stay at the stove and not officiate men’s football.”
Czech FA chairman, Miroslav Pelta, said the players’ statements were ‘totally unacceptable’. Pelta said, “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,” Pelta added.
Koubek later posted a picture of his wife and daughter on Facebook and said he wanted to ‘apologise to all women’.
Vacha said his ‘comment was directed to a specific error which affected the outcome of the game, not for any other women’.