West Ham United ace Vladimir Coufal banished from Czech squad after 'unprecedented scandal'
West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal has been banished from the Czech Republic squad after an unprecedented scandal where he was seen clubbing and drinking alcohol, according to Sport.cz.
The Czech sports news outlet shared on 19 November that Coufal and two teammates were spotted partying the night before a crucial Euro 2024 qualification game and immediately removed from the squad.
It was announced via a statement on their official Twitter account which claimed the players had fundamentally violated the internal national team rules on Saturday [18 November] night.
A serious breach of rules
For any footballer to be pictured out partying, causes some uproar among fans. Take Marcus Rashford being pictured in a club after their Manchester derby defeat a couple of weeks ago, for example, it’s simply not accepted by clubs or fans.
In this case, though, there was a serious breach of the rules. To be pictured partying and drinking overnight before a key game in the country’s European qualification campaign is a huge issue, and the decision taken to immediately banish the West Ham man and his teammates from the squad shows it.
The Czech outlet hit out at the players and claimed their actions sum up the state of the national team at present, with the main pillars of their national team involved in a massive scandal.
All three players were in the starting lineup for the game on Friday night against Poland, and represented a key part of the first team for the Czech Republic, so the decision to send them home won’t be taken lightly.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are set to receive financial compensation from FIFA.