The leadership of the national team did not specify the transgressions, according to the newspaper Sport, the trio visited a night club in the Haná capital, where they drank alcohol and lasted until the morning hours.
During Saturday, the Czech team moved via Ostrava to the venue of the Olomouc match from Warsaw, where they drew 1:1 with Poland on Friday. The team remained in the second place in its group, and to participate in the championship next year, it only needs a draw with Moldova. Brabec, Coufal and Kuchta started in Poland in the starting line-up.
Photos from the club
Coach Jaroslav Šilhavý’s men had a freer schedule after moving to Olomouc and regenerated. However, the trio of experienced players Brabec, Coufal and Kuchta went to the Belmondo nightclub in the evening, which the newspaper Sport documented in the article with photographs.
They include, among others, a member of the FAČR executive committee and coach of the futsal national team, Tomáš Neumann. According to the newspaper, the three players were also accompanied by former representative and now defender of Sigma Olomouc Filip Novák.
In a statement to the media, Neumann ruled out accompanying the players or participating in the organization of their event in any way. “No way is that true. In Olomouc, I had dinner with my daughter, who is studying in Olomouc, and with executive committee member Mr. Nezval and his family. After dinner, the Nezvals took us to the center of Olomouc, where we went to a restaurant with a friend and his wife. After that, my daughter and I moved together to the bar, where the named players also arrived,” said Neumann.
“I was here in my spare time with a member of my family. I realize that a joint photo with one of the players does not appear credible to the public, but I myself initiated the departure of the players to the hotel. The whole situation is a combination of the above-mentioned circumstances, and of course, as a member of the executive committee, I am aware of its seriousness,” added Neumann.
Coufal from West Ham and Brabec from Aris Soluň belong to the main pillars of the national team and according to the number of starts, they are the second and third most experienced players of the current selection of coach Jaroslav Šilhavý behind captain Tomáš Souček. Spartan Kuchta has played 20 matches for the national team so far.
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Coach Šilhavý should comment on the incident at the afternoon press conference before the match, which will start at 16:45. After that, the team will train at Androva Stadium. After the match in Poland, Šilhavý reproached Coufal for not stopping Nicola Zalewský, who then crossed, on the sideline before conceding a goal. The West Ham defender did not want to risk a third yellow card in the qualification, which would deprive him of the match against Moldova.
The Czech coach will have to figure out who to replace the experienced players in the lineup. In particular, Coufal and Brabec were a stable part of the starting eleven, and Kuchta has also started regularly recently.
Midfielder Antonín Barák was also kicked out of the team in June due to an alleged violation of internal team rules. In his preparation, however, it was apparently a reaction to the fact that the Fiorentina midfielder was very unhappy about not being included in the starting line-up in the qualification match at home against Poland in March (3:1).
This is not the first affair
The offense of the trio Brabec, Coufal and Kuchta is not the first similar affair with the Czech national team. In April 2009, Tomáš Ujfaluši, Milan Baroš, Radoslav Kováč, Martin Fenin, Marek Matějovský and Václav Svěrkoš were eliminated from the national team. After the 1:2 home defeat against Slovakia, which significantly reduced the team’s chances of advancing to the World Cup, they spent the evening and night in one of Prague’s restaurants.
According to the tabloid, there were paid female companions at the party, but the players resolutely rejected this and called the reports in the press false. At the same time, they defended themselves by saying that it was already after the meeting.
But the severe punishment also followed because two years earlier, the group led by Ujfaluš also “reacted” with their companions in the infamous room 433 of the now-defunct Prague Hotel after losing 1:2 to Germany.
Then the team was fined one million crowns. After the punishment in the spring of 2009, all the players gradually returned to the team, except for Ujfaluši, who ended his national career before being removed from the squad.
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