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Sparta Prague sexism scandal

05-October-2016
05-October-2016 7:31
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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 last 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."