Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela travels to Cardiff for the Czech Republic’s World Cup qualifier with Wales despite his club initially declining to let him play due to UEFA investigation into alleged Glen Kamara racial violence incident
- Ondrej Kudela has traveled with the Czech Republic for their match in Wales
- The Slavia Prague man has been accused of racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara
- Wales will receive Kudela’s team on Tuesday for a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff
- Slavia Prague initially refused to allow Kudela to play in the draw amid a UEFA investigation
- Czech boss Jaroslav Silhavy admits the situation is ‘difficult’ for Kudela
Ondrej Kudela, defender of the Czech race, has nevertheless traveled to Wales, despite his club Slavia Prague initially refusing to allow him to play in Tuesday’s 2022 World Cup qualifier.
Center-back Kudela was accused of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara during a Europa League game in Ibrox on March 18.
Kamara reacted furiously when Kudela walked alongside and cupped his hand before reportedly whispering a discriminating nasty blemish in his ear.
Ondrej Kudela (right) has traveled for the Czech Republic’s draw in Wales, despite Slavia Prague’s initial refusal to let him play in the 2022 World Cup qualifier.
Kudela (second from left) was accused of racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara (left) in a Europa League tie earlier this month
Slavia and Kudela have denied the claims, while UEFA has launched an investigation. Scotland police are investigating allegations of racism and Slavia said last week that Kudela would not be released for the Czechs World Cup qualifier with Wales.
Slavia expressed concern for Kudela’s safety when he returned to the UK and the 34-year-old’s lawyers made a statement on his behalf.
Czech manager Jaroslav Silhavy said at his pre-game press conference: “We are not going to specify the security measures, but of course we will continue with the wishes of the player and players.
‘The team is happy that Kudela is here with us and they are ready for the game.
Kudela (center) was initially banned from playing in Wales during a UEFA investigation into alleged racist abuse, but he trained at Cardiff City Stadium on Monday.
Obviously, it’s quite awkward what’s going on, especially for Ondrej. But I don’t think it affected him and he’s prepared for the game.
“It was clear to me that I wanted him here and I want to thank those who were able to arrange it for Ondrej to be with us.”
The Czech Republic leads Group E with four points from two games after beating Estonia 6-2 and drawing 1-1 with Belgium in Prague.
Wales lost their opening qualification 3-1 in Belgium and has to bounce back after three forwards – Hal Robson-Kanu, Tyler Roberts and Rabbi Matondo – were sent home for violating Football Association of Wales protocols.
Czech boss Jaroslav Silhavy (above) admitted that the situation was ‘particularly difficult’ for Kudela
Silhavy said, “We can expect a draw. Both sides dominated in their Nations League matches and won.
“We don’t expect anything easy, but we are in shape and we will try to get points.”
On the threat from Welsh captain Gareth Bale, Silhavy added: “He’s a great player. He’s probably going through our left side and we’ll talk to see who’s going to defend him and not give him any chances.
‘We expect a similar game from the one against Belgium and the quality will be necessary.
“We have to be focused from the first minute, because Bale will punish us if we do it differently.”