Slavia Prague fights Rangers’ Glen Kamara allegations of racism towards their player Ondrej Kudela, saying they were “ subject to xenophobic prejudice. ”
Both UEFA and police investigations are underway into allegations that Kudela called Kamara a ‘f ****** monkey’ at their Europa League meeting in Ibrox earlier this month.
But in a defiant statement, Czech club president Jaroslav Tvrdik accused Rangers officials of “escalating biased pressure” on UEFA and police as they investigate the “unwarranted accusation.”
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 he was called ‘af ****** monkey’
Slavia’s president, Jaroslav Tvrdik, fights against the accusations of racism
He also demanded a penalty against Kamara for his alleged blow to Ondrej in the Ibrox tunnel after the conclusion of the last 16, second leg on March 18.
Scotland police confirmed a few days after the match that they were investigating the allegations of racist abuse reported by Kamara as well as the criminal complaint Slavia had filed against Kamara for the alleged tunnel fracas.
The draw was marred by a bust-up between the two sides after Kamara claimed he had been racially abused by the Czech center-back in a heated match that reduced the Gers to nine.
And in one statement released on their website on Wednesday, Slavia said: ‘Jaroslav Tvrdik, chairman of SK Slavia Praha football club, demands the immediate end to the growing biased pressure by the representatives of the Rangers clubs (most recently a public statement by the club leader, Mr Stewart Robertson, made at March 30.2021) and other public figures in Scotland about UEFA and police officials.
Kudela claimed he was punched in the face by Kamara in the tunnel after the game – he is pictured with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard
Mr Tvrdík says: “The ongoing investigations by UEFA officials and the local police have so far yielded no findings. However, our player Ondřej Kúdela has already been the subject of a public ‘conviction’ without any evidence; he is a victim of prejudice and a suspicion of guilt.
The UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector is still investigating the incidents in question and has been given extra time until April 5, 2021 to deliver his report.
“We believe in an evidence-based and law-based process whereby Ondřej and our club both provide the necessary cooperation with the respective authorities. We have presented evidence that, in our opinion, clears Ondřej of an unwarranted charge of racism.”
Mr Tvrdík adds that unfortunately xenophobic bias is clearly on the rise among some stakeholders and some UK media against clubs and players and, in general, against people from Central and Eastern Europe: ‘The sad side of the whole thing is that Rangers try to cover up overtly aggressive play by their team.
Both UEFA and Police Scotland launched an investigation into the incidents after the game
“During the match itself, our goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář was seriously injured and suffered a frontal sinus fracture, while our doctor was unable to examine him on the spot even tens of minutes after the final whistle.
“Not to mention that there were several other serious fouls against our players and some of them have gone unpunished. Such behavior has no place in the prestigious UEFA Europa League.”
Mr Tvrdík also emphasizes that Mr Kamara’s attack on Ondřej Kúdela after the game is also part of the ongoing investigations, despite the fact that Rangers are practically silent about this incident.
In this regard, he mentions: “If anyone is wondering what happened, the Rangers delegation claimed to have a desire to speak to Ondřej to clarify the alleged racial insult. The conversation was about to take place. in the tunnel under the patronage and in the presence of the UEFA match delegation and the coaches of both teams.
Kudela (second from left) has gained the support of Slavia Prague amid allegations of racism
However, the cameras covering the meeting place were deliberately covered up and then Mr. Kamara, without warning and clearly not intending to have the proposed conversation, brutally assaulted Ondřej by punching him in the face.
After trying to continue fighting, he fled into the locker room, followed by Mr. Gerrard without a single word of apology. It’s a shameful incident. ‘
In the light of the foregoing, the club and the player Kúdela are awaiting the results of a thorough and independent investigation of both incidents. Until then we call for peace. ‘
Tensions from the Europa League clash of the past 16 have continued to escalate, and earlier this month the saga took a new disgusting turn when 11 supporters of the Czech club posed with a long banner that read ‘Kamara – just a *** ** ‘. holding torches to light it.
Slavia Prague ultras is holding up a mean banner calling Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara a ‘n *****’
Another image posted to the same Instagram account shows the group with another banner that reads, ‘Slavia Praha against all #TeamKudela.’
The banner, posted on social media Friday night, was condemned by Slavia Prague’s chairman Jaroslav Tvrdik, who labeled it ‘disgusting’ and ‘pathetic’.
Slavia won the return game 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals 3-1 in total when Rangers finished the game with nine men.
They have been drawn against Arsenal in the last eight.