UEFA is giving Ondrej Kudela a ‘provisional ban’ for one game for misconduct in finalizing an investigation into the alleged racial abuse of the Rangers’ Glen Kamara of Slavia Prague’s Rangers player (but he would either Missing Arsenal due to injury and illness!)
- Ondrej Kudela has received a ‘provisional ban’ from UEFA from one match
- It had to do with misconduct after his altercation with Rangers’ Glen Kamara
- Kudela is subject to UEFA and police investigations for alleged racist abuse
- Defender reportedly called Kamara an ‘f ****** monkey’ during the bust-up on the field
- Slavia says that Kudela was then attacked in the tunnel after a fiery match at Ibrox
- Czech side defeated Rangers to play against Arsenal in the Europa League for the last eight
- UEFA’s investigation into the incident is expected to be completed next week
Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela, the player at the center of a racism storm under investigation by both police and UEFA, will miss Thursday’s Europa League showdown with Arsenal.
UEFA has given the Czech defender a ‘provisional suspension’ of one game for misconduct as they are also finalizing their investigation into the allegations he mentioned Rangers player Glen Kamara made a ‘f ****** monkey’ during a fiery match at Ibrox in the round of 16 last month.
It came when UEFA opened further proceedings against Kudela for ‘insulting players or others present at a match’ and against Kamara for ‘serious assault’, which could entail a five-game ban.
However, Slavia had previously announced that Kudela would miss the quarter-final, the first leg meeting at the Emirates Stadium due to illness and injury.
Glen Kamara is said to have been racially abused by Ondrej Kudela in the Europa League on March 18
UEFA is investigating the incident after Kamara claimed his name was ‘af ****** monkey’ and is expected to return their findings next week
Both Police Scotland and UEFA are investigating the allegations of racism and Kamara’s lawyer says he expected the former to question Kudela when he returned to the UK for the game this week. However, this is not possible now.
It has also been revealed that it may take another week for the results of UEFA’s investigation to be published, but they took the decision on Tuesday to issue the preliminary ban ahead of the first leg.
UEFA has the power to issue ‘temporary bans’ of up to 90 days ‘to ensure proper administration of justice, to enforce sports discipline or to prevent irreparable harm, or for safety and security reasons’.
But Kudela was not traveling to London for the match. “He has a cold, virosis and fever, and after a cut on the nose he also has inflammation,” Slavia assistant coach Zdenek Houstecky said on the club’s website.
The nose injury is the result of a blow accidentally dealt by Wales’ Gareth Bale during last week’s World Cup qualifier against the Czechs in Cardiff.
That trip to Wales went off the field without incident for Kudela, despite the fact that Slavia was initially unsure whether he would be allowed to travel.
Kudela, who played for the Czech Republic against Wales last week, will not travel to London for the game with Arsenal due to illness and injury.
Kudela has been subject to investigations by UEFA and the police over allegations of racist abuse
Slavia spokesman Michel Bycek said: ‘Ondrej is on antibiotics and has not taken his UEFA tests or passed a fitness test. Unfortunately, we don’t expect him to be able to play against Arsenal.
According to research at the Central Hospital in Prague, he has a nose bruise, a high fever and is on antibiotics.
“The duration of his treatment cannot be estimated at the moment.”
According to reports in the Czech Republic, Rangers and Slavia will have to wait until next week for the outcome of the UEFA investigation into the allegations of racist abuse.
Kudela (second from left) has gained the support of Slavia Prague amid allegations of racism
Slavia’s president, Jaroslav Tvrdik, fought the charges of racism
The report has been finalized and will be discussed by UEFA’s disciplinary committee on Thursday. It can take up to a week for the decision they are coming to make.
As a result, the verdict could be published on the day of the return leg of the Arsenal quarter-final in Prague.
Kudela has denied racially abusing Kamara, and Slavia accused the Rangers man of physically assaulting their player in the tunnel after the game, involving police through the Czech embassy in Glasgow.
During an extraordinary intervention last week, Slav President Jaroslav Tvrdik emerged from the fight against allegations of racism.
He accused Rangers officials of “escalating biased pressure” on UEFA and the police, saying Slavia has been the victim of “xenophobic prejudice.”