Friday 23 February 2018

Video: Two referees banned by Czech FA for officiating top flight match while 'drunk'

Callum Davis

Two football referees have been banned for officiating a game while appearing to be under the influence of alcohol.

The pair were banned by the Czech FA on Thursday following their involvement in the top-flight game between FK Pribram and Slavia Prague the day before.

The FACR said fourth official Marek Pilny and additional assistant referee Jiri Jech would lose their licences and face disciplinary action.

A statement from the Czech FA read: "Pilny was visibly drunk from the beginning of the game."

"He struggled for balance by the touchline, he fell, at times he ran with the linesman copying his movements."

"After 10 minutes he had to be guarded by a bodyguard, and at halftime Pilny left for the changing rooms and never came back," the statement said.

It added additional assistant Jech was "also under the influence of alcohol and allegedly even peed during the game."

Miroslav Pelta, who is head of the Czech FA, said the game's referee and two linesmen would be suspended until the end of the season because they failed to prevent the situation.

He showed no mercy for the two, whose staggering and tottering is depicted in videos posted on Youtube.

"They were not tipsy, they were drunk. They don't exist for us any more," said Pelta.

Slavia won the game 3-1, securing fifth spot in the top flight with one game to play, while Pribram go into their last game of the season still threatened by relegation.

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