We’re sure a few of you have turned up at work once or twice still feeling the effects of the night before, but how many of you have turned up incredibly drunk?
Well, two men in the Czech Republic have done just that. If they worked in an office or something, they could probably get away with it. But if you’re a football official, it’s probably not the smartest move.
Marek Pilny was supposed to be fourth official for Slavia Prague’s match against FK Pribram in the Czech top-flight and Jiri Jech was an additional reserve referee.
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The job of the fourth official isn’t too taxing. They stand still between the dugouts for the majority of the match, taking notes while being in control of the substitutes board.
However, after quite a few drinks, Pilny decided to continuously run up and down the touchline whilst the match was going on. The statement claims that Pilny was “running with the linesman copying his movements.”
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Fans could be seen in the clip laughing and filming Pilny and it was hardly surprising that he was replaced after just eight minutes.
Watch the, rather hilarious, video below:
A statement from the Czech Football Associationn (FARC) says that Pilny was “visibly drunk” while Jech had allegedly “urinated during the game.”
As a result, both of them will lose their licences and face disciplinary action.
Chairman of the FARC, Miroslav Pelt said: “I’ve seen a lot of things in football, but this surpassed everything.
"They were not tipsy, they were drunk. It means loss of membership in the FARC. that should be the end of them.”
Also, the referee and the two linesmen of the match will also be suspended until the end of the season as they failed to prevent the situation.
Pelt added: ”Those two guys were drinking, for us are no more. And the ones that did not stop them from officiating are temporarily excluded from the Charter and must be aware that, if they are found guilty, the punishment will be sufficiently robust.”
It wasn’t as though the match was an end of season dead rubber. After the two officials were removed from the stadium, the match continued with Slavia Prague running out 3-1 winners against FK Pribram. It left Pribram just two points clear of the relegation zone with one match remaining.
If you think officials in England are bad, at least they turn up to the match sober.
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