Tomas Fidra, who reportedly ‘smelt like a brewery’, had been celebrating his birthday before the game.

The Czech referee had a few too many before taking to the pitch.

After spending much of the early minutes of the match stumbling around the pitch and falling over, the official then decided to send off three Jestrabi Lhota players for no reason.

Karel Dusek, an official from the Jestrabi Lhota club, told the Lidove Noviny newspaper that the boozed-up referee ‘didn’t try to hide that he had been celebrating’.

He explained that under current rules there is nothing that bans a drunken referee from taking charge of a fixture, so the game continued with Jestrabi down to just eight players.

The game ended 1-1 after the opposition, Tynec-nad-Labem, agreed not to attack following the bizarre dismissals.

‘If we had refused to continue to play, we could have been sanctioned,’ Mr Dusek added.

In the end the match was annulled by the regional football authority on the basis of fair play.

Meanwhile, the official, who had a 1.94 per cent alcohol level in his blood when he was tested by police is facing a possible 12-month suspension for his action

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