Slavia Prague player Ondrej Kudela is slapped with a TEN-MATCH BAN for
calling Rangers star Glen Kamara a ‘f***ing monkey’, with his victim banned for
three matches for his ‘assault’ in tunnel brawl, Kamara accused Kudela of racially
abusing him during their Europa League last-16 match on March 18 in Ibrox.
Kudela had been provisionally suspended for one match as UEFA opened disciplinarily
proceedings, which ruled the Czech Republic international out of Slavia’s 1-1 draw
at Arsenal last week.
He will now be ineligible for the next nine games played by either
Slavia in Europe or his country, including this summer’s European Championship.
Kamara was also suspended for three UEFA club competition games after he was found
guilty of assaulting Kudela in the tunnel after the match at Ibrox.
The Czech Republic international denied the racism allegations, insisting he told
the player he was ‘a f***ing guy’ as he whispered something into Kamara’s ear
during the Czech side’s 2-0 win.
Footage from the game showed Kudela covering his mouth before saying something
to Kamara, who immediately reacted with fury.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said he was “angry and upset” after Kamara told him he
was racially abused towards the end of Slavia Prague’s 2-0 win at Ibrox which knocked
Rangers out of the Europa League 3-1 on aggregate.
“My player tells me he was racially abused,” Gerrard was quoted saying by BBC Sport.
“And the disappointing thing is that their people are trying to defend their player and
calling us liars.
“I feel angry. I know Glen and trust him 100%. The Slavia player has caused this and
something needs to happen quickly but that is above me. But whatever happens, I stand
next to Glen.
“I don’t even feel like talking about football just now. It’s over to UEFA now and I just
hope it doesn’t get pushed under the carpet.”
Rangers striker Kemar Roofe has also been suspended for four European matches after
UEFA charged him with ‘assault’ during the same match.
Roofe was sent off during Rangers’ 2-0 home defeat after a poor challenge saw him kick
Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar in the face.
Kolar was left with a fractured skull and the governing body has now cited him for
‘dangerously assaulting another player.
For their part in the fracas on the pitch after the game, Rangers have been fined €9,000
(£7,800) after being found guilty of improper conduct.
In an extraordinary intervention last month, Slavia’s president Jaroslav Tvrdik then
came out fighting against the racism accusations leveled at Kudela.
Tvrdik blamed Rangers officials of ‘escalating biased pressure’ on UEFA and the police
and said Slavia has been the victims of ‘xenophobic prejudice.’
UEFA introduced a 10-match ban for discrimination in 2013 and it is the minimum
punishment that the organization’s control, ethics, and disciplinary body can issue for
In August 2019, European football’s governing body took what was described as a ‘rare
move’ by banning Kostyantyn Makhnovskyi, a Ukrainian goalkeeper for the Latvian side
Ventspils, for 10 matches for racism.
It came after unspecified racist conduct by Makhnovskyi in a Europa League second
qualifying round game against Gzira in Malta.