Adam Gabriel’s two yellow cards in Slovácko, Vojtěch Smrž’s save against Plzeň, Erik Prekop’s sharp slip in setting up the duel with Mladá Boleslav and finally Sunday’s dismissal of Filip Novotný after a fight with the escaping David Buchta from Ostrava.
Hradec Králové already received four red cards in the seven rounds played, and only Jablonec earned one more. The East Bohemians, however, added 25 yellow cards, and thus saw the referee reaching into his pocket the most often of all the league teams.
“I’m going to be very forceful in the cabin, if the cards are anything to go by. But each one had its own story. I would venture to say that two were very strict and perhaps unnecessary. I do not agree with the exclusion of young Gabriel in Slovakia. We simply can’t throw the cards in one basket, each one has a different color because of the story, even if they are all red,” reflected Koubek after Sunday’s 0:0 draw with Baník Ostrava.
He also returned to the exclusion of Vojtěch Smrž in the duel of the third round at home with Pilsen. “He applied the emergency brake when the penalty was not whistled for us on the other side,” recalled the sharp duel between Matěj Ryneš and visiting Jan Sýkora. However, as the Chairman of the Referees’ Commission Radek Příhoda subsequently stated, the referees were not mistaken. “It was an offensive foul. The home striker tripped the visiting a defender, who only subsequently touched his leg. Subsequently, the referee correctly sent off the home player for thwarting an obvious goal-scoring opportunity,” Příhoda described.
Koubek does not agree that the statistics tell about what is really happening on the field. “Are we brutal? We are not. And based on the numbers, should we say that Hradec is cutting it? So let’s show the red ones,” urges the coach.
|Team||Red cards (+yellow)|
|Apple tree||5 (+20)|
|Hradec Králové||4 (+25)|
“After this case, an intense trend set in. Last year, after the EURO, on the other hand, there was a period when we would play the game like in the world. Year after year, and now it’s like this again. But that Hradec would get cards for some slips from the back that we saw elsewhere in the last rounds? Not even one,” emphasized Koubek.
In the end, he acknowledged that Erik Prekop’s exclusion from the match with Mlada Boleslaví was justified. “Red bright. This is the exception that proves the rule,” he added.