Sparta goalkeeper apologizes for criticism of female referee

PRAGUE (AP) " Sparta Prague goalkeeper Tomas Koubek has apologized for his emotional outburst against women after a lineswoman failed to call offside in a league game.

Brno midfielder Alois Hycka was several meters offside at the decisive moment before he used his position to equalize in stoppage time and salvage a 3-3 draw for Brno against Sparta Prague.

After Sunday's game, Koubek said: "My opinion is that women belong at the stove and should not officiate men's football."

On Monday, the Czech Republic goalkeeper posted on Facebook: "Immediately after the game, I said a sentence for which I'm sorry and for which I apologize to all women."

The soccer federation's disciplinary committee is scheduled to deal with Koubek's remarks on Thursday.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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