Sparta Prague duo made to train with women's team after sexist outburst

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Sexism is an issue which is rife in the game of football. Females are often ridiculed when they are involved in what is a male dominated sport and even in the modern state of the game, the problem is still present.

Now, another chapter has been written in the sexist football book as two Sparta Prague players have been asked to train with the women's team after telling a female assistant referee 'women belong at the stove.'

As per Sky Sports, the duo, goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and midfielder Lukas Vacha, insulted female official Lucie Ratajova after Sparta's 3-3 draw with Brno on Sunday.


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The comments were made after the match had concluded with Koubek also saying 'women should not officiate men's football.'

Vacha, who actually missed the game through injury, also made post match insults towards Ratajova, describing her as 'the cooker'.

The reasoning behind the childish bullying stems from the equalising goal from Brno in which goal scorer Alois Hycka appeared to be several metres offside.

The controversial strike was scored deep into injury time, however, no decision made on a football pitch should warrant sexist abuse towards an official.

Sparta's director general Adam Kotalik was quick to acknowledge his players' wrongdoings in the aftermath of the game:


"The players will spend several days with the club's female side so that they can be made aware that women have plenty of worth outside the kitchen."

Equality in football, from a gender, sexuality and race perspective, desperately requires improvement and it is refreshing to see a club quickly addressing the issue.

The most famous gender related case in England occurred when former Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys ridiculed female lineswoman Sian Massey back in 2011.

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The duo were promptly removed from their posts in the fallout of their comments.

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