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West Ham star Vladimir Coufal sent home from Czech squad for 'violating' team rules

Rory O'Callaghan

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West Ham star Vladimir Coufal sent home from Czech squad for 'violating' team rules

West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal has reportedly been banished from the Czech Republic squad for breaking team rules.

Coufal, 31, played the full 90 minutes as Czechia drew 1-1 with Poland on Friday – a result with boosted their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2024.

Coufal's West Ham teammate Tomas Soucek secured a point for his side after Poland had taken the lead through Jakub Piotrowski.

But the positive result has been overshadowed by a row involving three Czech internationals – Coufal, Sparta Prague forward Jan Kuchta and Aris defender Jakub Brabec.

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The Czech FA announced on Sunday morning that the trio had been ordered to leave the national team 'with immediate effect' after 'fundamentally violating' its rules.

"Three players of the national team fundamentally violated the internal rules of the national team on Saturday night," read a statement posted on X.

"Jakub Brabec, Vladimir Coufal and Jan Kuchta left the national team meeting with immediate effect by decision of the national team management."

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Czech outlet iSport has since claimed the trio were spotted partying at a nightclub in the city of Olomouc less than 48 hours before a crucial match against Moldova.

It is claimed the three players were spotted at the 'well-known Belmondo club in the centre of the city' and were seen drinking.

The report claims they stayed 'until the morning hours' and were joined by Czech FA executive committee member Tomas Neumann.

The trio will now miss Monday's qualifier against Moldova, in which the Czechs need only to avoid defeat to book their place at Euro 2024.

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Coufal is expected to return to England ahead of West Ham's next Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor on November 25.

David Moyes' side are currently ninth in the table, having won five and drawn two of their opening 12 matches.

SPORTbible has contacted Coufal's representatives for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: West Ham United, Football, Euro 2024

Rory O'Callaghan
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