Thursday 22 February 2018

Drunk Czech referee nine times over the limit in farcical display

Czech police had to breathalyse referee Tomas Fidra after the official turned up to a match drunk and started sending players off at random.

Fidra was taking charge of a league match between local rivals Jestrabi Lhota and Tynec nad Labem, but the players were suspicious even before kick-off as Fidra apparently "smelt like a brewery" and was talking about a birthday celebration he had just attended.

The referee fell over several times and when some of the Jestrabi players asked if he was alright half an hour into the game, Fidra promptly sent three of them off. With the match in disarray Tynec sportingly agreed not to attack against their eight-man opponents and the match finished in a 1-1 draw.

"There's no rule which bans a drunk referee from taking charge of a match," said Jestrabi official Karel Dusek. "If we had refused to continue to play, we could have been sanctioned."

Police were called to the scene and breathalysed Fidra, who was more than nine times over the Czech drink-driving limit. He faces a 12-month ban from refereeing. The game will be replayed next month with the 1-1 draw expunged from the records.

Irish Independent

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