Sparta Prague have told two of their players to train with the club’s women’s team after making “unacceptable” comments about a female match official at the weekend. Midfielder Lukas Vacha, 27, and goalkeeper Tomas Koubek, 24, made remarks about Lucie Ratajova in the wake of Sparta’s 3-3 draw with Zbrojovka Brno on Sunday, where Ratajova was an assistant referee. Koubek was reported to have said women belong “at the stove” while it was added that Vacha called her “the cooker”.
Vacha and Koubek, who have apologised and insisted their comments were not meant to be chauvinistic, will now spend time with the Czech club’s women’s team as well as being ambassadors at Wednesday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League match between Sparta and Twente in Holland. Sparta chief executive Adam Kotalik described the comments as unacceptable, and said in a statement: “In addition to being ambassadors in the Women’s Champions League, both will report to the head of Sparta women’s football, Dusan Zovince, and attend several training sessions with one of our female teams, to see for themselves that women can be handy not only at the stove.” Vacha and Koubek, who are both Czech Republic internationals, were contrite. Koubek wrote on his Facebook page: “Immediately after the match I made a comment that I regret and for which I would like to apologise to all women for. “It was not meant to be chauvinistic, my statement was directed at a specific person and a specific situation that arose in the match.” Vacha said on Twitter: “This comment was directed to a specific error that affected the outcome of the game, not to any other women. If it offended some, I would like to make it clear that it was not meant in any way to be chauvinistic.”