A loud scandal in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. Before the most important match, the players were kicked out of the national team for a party with alcohol in a cafe in the Czech Republic
Three Czech national team players, Vladimir Coufal (West Ham), Jakub Brabec (Aris) and Jan Kuha (Sparta), accompanied by Tomas Neumann, a member of the Czech Football Federation's (FACR) executive committee, were spotted in Olomouc at the local club Belmondo, the Czech publication ISport reports. Less than 48 hours before the most important qualifying game for the 2024 European Championship against Moldova, the players organized a party with alcohol that lasted all night.
On Friday, the Czech Republic's rivals in Group E, Poland and Albania, drew 1-1, giving the Czechs a chance to qualify for Euro 2024. On Monday, November 20, Jaroslav Shilhavy's men only need not to lose to qualify for the finals.
The day before, the team arrived in Olomouc from Warsaw. The players signed autographs and took selfies with fans, while the quartet of Tomasz Soucek, David Dudera, Jan Kuchta and Lukasz Provid enjoyed their free time playing ping-pong.
However, the comfort at the hotel was not the only thing. The trio of Coufal, Kukhtia, Brabec went to the famous Belmondo club in the center of the city of a hundred thousand people at night.
There, the players were recognized by fans who tried to take pictures with them and have fun, but the players did not like it very much. They tried to avoid publicity, but did not leave the establishment. The national team members drank alcohol until the early hours of the morning with amateur players from all the teams celebrating the end of the season.
Coufal, Brabec and Kuhta are the main players of the Czech national team and were in the starting lineup for the last match against Poland (1:1).
"Three players of the national team on Saturday night grossly violated the internal rules of the national team. Jakub Brabec, Vladimir Coufal and Jan Kuchta immediately left the national team meeting by the decision of the national team management," the FACR said in a statement.