Romanian footballer who did NOT kneel against England reveals he supported his ‘racist’ team-mate Ondrej Kudela, who called Rangers star Glen Kamara a ‘f***ing monkey’, against his 10-game suspension ‘without proof’
- Nicolae Stanciu played the entire warm-up against England on Sunday
- The 28-year-old was one of two Romanian players who did not lift the knee at kick-off
- He later stated that he supported his club teammate in Slavia Prague, Kudelade
- Kudela was given 10-game ban for racially insulting Rangers midfielder Kamara
- He will therefore miss the Czech Republic’s European Championship campaign
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Romanian footballer Nicolae Stanciu has revealed that he did not kneel against England on Sunday because he supported teammate Ondrej Kudela – the Czech international who was given a 10-match ban for racial abuse.
Kudela, a Stanciu team-mate at Czech Republic’s Slavia Prague, was handed the suspension after racially insulting Rangers star Glen Kamara in the Europa League and will therefore miss his country’s European Championship campaign.
And as reported by the Daily recordStanciu declared his solidarity with Kudela after the 1-0 loss to England, who he said was punished “without any evidence”.
Romanian footballer Nicolae Stanciu (center) has revealed his reason for not taking the knee
Stanciu kicked off in support of Ondrej Kudela, who was banned for racial abuse
He said: ‘I did the same with Slavia when I played against Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
“It seems normal to me and I decided to make the gesture for my colleague from Slavia, for Kudela, who was banned for 10 games without any proof after the game against Rangers.
“Just because a teammate from Kamara heard that word that I can’t say. I decided not to take the knee and I don’t think that’s the solution.’
An official investigation has found Kudela guilty of ‘racist conduct’ against Glen Kamara (left)
The incident took place in Slavia Prague’s Europa League last 16 game against Rangers in March
Stanciu stated he stood because his Slavia teammate was punished ‘without any evidence’
The incident between Kudela and Kamara took place in March when the central defender whispered something in the Finnish midfielder’s ear during the Europa League match of the last 16, with Kamara and team-mate Bongani Zungu saying they had heard a racist remark.
In a formal investigation, Kudela was found guilty of “racist behavior,” though he denied the charge and insisted he simply said, “You’re a *** man.”
In the aftermath, Kamara was given a three-game ban after being found guilty of assaulting Kudela in the tunnel after the game, and the 34-year-old appealed the conviction, although this was rejected by UEFA in May.
Kudela was later given a 10-game suspension meaning he will miss the Czech Republic’s European Championship campaign
Kamara’s lawyer Aamer Anwar said: “They should give players a suspension of at least one year and they should impose significant fines on clubs and players so that it damages their wallets.
“If someone sets up a Super League, UEFA will act almost immediately and threaten all sorts of sanctions and penalties. But when it comes to racism, it’s very symbolic. Take the knee, fly the banner, pop a slogan and think it’s done. It’s not finished.’
Stanciu’s international teammate, Ianis Hagi, who came on in the 66th minute against the Three Lions, plays club football with Kamara.
England stand-in captain Marcus Rashford (right) scored the only goal in a 1-0 win as England defeated Romania in their final warm-up match for the European Championship
Stanciu, 28, was one of two Romanian players to stand at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough this weekend instead of getting down on their knees, as England players continued to do it despite more cheers from parts of the crowd.
England boss Gareth Southgate said in response to the booing: ‘I don’t want to give it more oxygen than yesterday (Saturday).
“We answered it as best we could. I made it clear where the players stand. We are a united group. We’ll keep doing it.’