UEFA bans 10 games for Slavia Prague’s Ondřej Kúdela for racist behavior

UEFA bans 10 games for Slavia Prague's Ondřej Kúdela for racist behavior


The incident happened at the end of the match when Kúdela was seen saying something in Kamara’s ear with her hand covering her mouth.

After the game, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard spoke to the media where he confirmed Kamara told him he had been racially abused by Kúdela.

Kamara subsequently gave an interview to UK broadcaster ITV News earlier this month, in which he claimed Kúdela told him: “You are a monkey, you are a king monkey and you know you are. ” Kúdela denies the allegations.

In a statement on Wednesday, Slavia Prague president Jaroslav Tvrdík said the club respected the UEFA decision.

“Ondřej Kúdela should not have approached the opposing player,” said Tvrdík.

“I deeply regret it and apologize to Glen Kamara for a situation which has clearly caused distress to him and his team-mates, as well as to everyone associated with Slavia and Rangers.

“I am taking positive steps to prevent such a situation from happening again at our club.”

Ondrej Kudela (right) collides with Glen Kamara (left) in the Europa League round of 16.

UEFA also banned Kamara from three games “for assaulting another player” in connection with the same game on 18 March.

Neither Rangers nor Kamara responded to CNN’s request for comment.

European football’s governing body also announced that it had banned Rangers striker Kemar Roofe for four matches “for dangerously assaulting another player”.

The forward was sent off late in the same game after a brutal collision with Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář.

After the match, Roofe was also the victim of racist abuse on social media, posting a screenshot of the abuse on his Instagram account.

“I could be here all night capturing all of these types of comments,” Roofe said in the post.

Last year, Facebook and Instagram announced they would create a team to tackle racism on their platforms and assess racial bias in their algorithms, but clubs called on those platforms to do more to empower them. users.

Instagram told CNN at the time that it was continuing to investigate Roofe’s post and said it had removed a number of comments and accounts that broke the rules.

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