Sparta Prague players made to play with the women's team after sexist comments

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Ah the poetic irony. Two Sparta Prague players have been ordered to train with the women's team after making discriminatory comments towards a female match official.

After linesman Lucie Ratajova didn't flag an opponent for offside in Sunday's 3-3 draw with Brno, goalkeeper Tomas Koubek, 24, said that "women belong at the stove".

Midfielder Lukas Vacha was also involved (John Walton/EMPICS Sport)
Midfielder Lukas Vacha was also involved (John Walton/EMPICS Sport)

Koubek's team-mate, 27-year-old midfielder Lukas Vacha, called Ratajova "the cooker" and later tweeted a picture of her with the caption "to the stove" written in Czech.

Vacha and Koubek will now train with the club's women's team and go as ambassadors to Wednesday's Women's Champions League match between Sparta and Twente in Holland.

Sparta chief executive Adam Kotalik said the he hoped the players would "see for themselves that women can be handy not only at the stove".

The pair have apologised but insisted their comments were not meant to be sexist.

Koubek wrote on his Facebook page: "It was not meant to be chauvinistic, my statement was directed at a specific person and a specific situation that arose in the match." Vacha reiterated on Twitter that the comment was not aimed at other women.

Quite whether other women will accept the apology is unclear - or how Sparta's women's team feel about their new recruits...