England’s Czech Republic opponents WILL call out disgraced Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela for Euro 2020 if he successfully appeals his 10-game ban for racist abuse of Rangers’ Glen Kamara
The Czech Republic has not given up hope of including disgraced Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela in their Euro 2020 squad.
Kudela was suspended from UEFA for 10 games after being found guilty of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in a Europa League match over the last 16 earlier this season.
The suspension applies to all UEFA competitions – including club and international matches – meaning the 34-year-old is currently unable to represent his country next month.
Czech manager Jaroslav Silhavy has left a spot in his roster for Ondrej Kudela
The player is in the process of appealing the ban, and the proceedings will be finalized before the tournament kicks off on June 11th.
And Czech boss Jaroslav Silhavy, whose group D squad was drawn alongside England, Scotland and Croatia, has released one place in his roster for the 34-year-old defender should his appeal succeed.
“We will wait for the situation around Ondrej Kudela’s appeal against the ten-game penalty to develop this week,” he told reporters.
We think hope is probably low, but we don’t want to slam the door.
“In any case, we have until June 1 to operate with that one place on the roster.”
Further consequences of Slavia’s 2-0 victory against Rangers over Ibrox in March will also affect the Czech roster for Euro 2020.
Kudela was given a 10-game UEFA ban for racist abuse from Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara
Silhavy has not been able to select goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, who is still suffering from the facial injuries he sustained after Kemar Roofe’s challenge in the second half.
“Kolar had a very difficult experience and wants to focus on his health,” he added.
‘But we stand behind this team and we trust these players. I am convinced that we have put together an interesting team that can go as far as possible. ‘
The Czech Republic kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Scotland in Hampden on June 14, before facing Croatia. In their last group match they take on England at Wembley.
Ondrej Kolar (left) has missed the Czech squad for Euro 2020 due to his facial injury