Sparta players fined for sexist comments over offside

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PRAGUE (AP) Sparta Prague goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and midfielder Lukas Vacha have been fined by the Czech soccer federation for their emotional outburst against women after a female assistant referee failed to spot an offside in a league game.

Brno midfielder Alois Hycka was several meters offside at the decisive moment before he equalized in stoppage time and salvaged a 3-3 draw for Brno against Sparta on Sunday.

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In their comments, the players said women’s place is in the kitchen, for which they later apologized.

The federation’s disciplinary committee on Thursday fined both men 40,000 koruna ($1,656) and they were also ordered to lead the training of a youth team.

Sparta had already ordered them to take part in several training sessions of women’s teams.

The assistant referee, Lucie Ratajova, was banned from four games for her mistake.