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Key Words: Sexist remarks land Czech soccer players jobs with women’s team

Two soccer players from the top-flight Czech club Sparta Praha lobbed sexist remarks at a female assistant referee after their side surrendered a late lead Sunday against Zbrojovka Brno. They blamed the referee for missing an offside call. Here’s Sparta goalkeeper Tomáš Koubek:

‘In my opinion, women should stay at the stove and not officiate men’s football.’

Tomáš Koubek, Sparta Praha

Koubek and teammate Lukáš Vácha, a midfielder who directed the assistant referee “[t]o the cooker” with an online later apologized, characterizing their remarks as having been rooted in postmatch emotion rather than deep-seated misogyny. Both were reprimanded by their club and by the Football Association of the Czech Republic.

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