'To the stove'

Pro soccer players ordered to train with women’s team as punishment for sexist comments

Assistant referee Lucie Ratajova (Twitter)

Two professional Czech soccer players have been ordered to train with their club’s counterpart women’s soccer team as punishment for their misogynistic criticism of a female referee. Midfielder Lukas Vacha and goalkeeper Tomas Koubek, players for Czech club Sparta Prague, were upset after assistant referee Lucie Ratajova missed an offsides call that allowed the opposing team to score a late, game-tying goal.

“In my opinion, women should stay at the stove and not officiate men’s football,” Koubek told reporters. Vacha, who was injured, chimed in over Twitter by posting a picture of the referee with the caption, “To the stove.”

Sparta’s general director, Adam Kotalik, said in a statement that he had decided to punish the pair by forcing them to represent and train with Sparta’s women’s team.

“As well as serving as ambassadors of the team at the UEFA Women’s Champions League games, they will both report to the boss of Sparta women’s teams Dusan Zovinec and will take part at some of the training sessions with one of our women’s team to see with their own eyes that the women can be skillful somewhere else than at the stove, too,” said Kotalik.

Both players have apologized for their comments, both claiming that telling the female referee to go back to the stove “was not meant in a chauvinistic way.” The captain of Sparta’s women’s team, Iva Mocova, has been reported saying she was “looking forward to the boys training with us.”

Read the full story at Vocativ.

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