UEFA slap Ondrej Kudela with one match ‘provisional ban’ for misconduct as they conclude probe into Slavia Prague player’s alleged racial abuse of Rangers’ Glen Kamara (but he was set to miss Arsenal game through injury and illness anyway!)
- Ondrej Kudela has been handed a one-match ‘provisional ban’ by UEFA
- That related to misconduct following his altercation with Rangers’ Glen Kamara
- Kudela is subject to UEFA and police investigations over alleged racist abuse
- Defender allegedly called Kamara a ‘f****** monkey’ during on-pitch bust-up
- Slavia say that Kudela was then attacked in the tunnel after fiery match at Ibrox
- Czech side beat Rangers and will play Arsenal in the Europa League last eight
- UEFA’s probe into the incident is expected to be concluded next week
Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela, the player at the centre of a racism storm being investigated by both police and UEFA, will miss Thursday’s Europa League clash with Arsenal.
UEFA has handed the Czech defender a one-match ‘provisional suspension’ for misconduct as they also conclude their investigation into allegations he called Rangers player Glen Kamara a ‘f****** monkey’ during a fiery match at Ibrox in the round of 16 last month.
It came as UEFA opened further proceedings against Kudela for ‘insulting players or others present at a match’ and Kamara for ‘serious assault’, which could carry a five-game ban.
However, Slavia had earlier announced that Kudela was set to miss the quarter-final, first leg meeting at the Emirates Stadium anyway through illness and injury.
Glen Kamara was allegedly racially abused by Ondrej Kudela in the Europa League on March 18
UEFA are investigating the incident after Kamara claimed he was called ‘a f****** monkey’ and are expected to return their findings next week
Both Police Scotland and UEFA are looking into the racism allegations with Kamara’s lawyer saying he expected the former to question Kudela when he returned to the UK for the game this week. However, this now won’t be possible.
It has also emerged that the results of UEFA’s investigation may take another week to be published but they took the decision on Tuesday to issue the provisional ban ahead of the first leg.
UEFA has the power to issue ‘provisional bans’ of up to 90 days ‘to ensure the proper administration of justice, to maintain sporting discipline or to avoid irreparable harm, or for reasons for safety and security.’
But Kudela wasn’t travelling to London for the match. ‘He has a cold, virosis and fever, and after a blow to the nose he also has inflammation,’ Slavia assistant coach Zdenek Houstecky told the club’s website.
The nasal injury is the result of a blow inflicted accidentally by Gareth Bale of Wales during last week’s World Cup qualifier against the Czechs in Cardiff.
That trip to Wales passed off without any off-field incident for Kudela despite Slavia being uncertain at first whether to allow him to travel.
Kudela, pictured playing for the Czech Republic against Wales last week, will not travel to London for the match with Arsenal because of illness and injury
Kudela is subject to investigations by UEFA and police over the racist abuse allegations
Slavia spokesman Michel Bycek said: ‘Ondrej is on antibiotics and has not done his UEFA tests or passed a fitness test. Unfortunately, we expect that he can’t play against Arsenal.
‘According to an examination at the Central Hospital in Prague, he has nasal contusion, high fever and is on antibiotics.
‘The duration of his treatment cannot be estimated at the moment.’
Rangers and Slavia will have to wait until next week for the outcome of the UEFA probe into the racial abuse allegations, according to reports in the Czech Republic.
Kudela (second left) has received the backing of Slavia Prague amid the racism accusations
Slavia president Jaroslav Tvrdik came out fighting against the accusations of racism
The report has been concluded and will be discussed by UEFA’s disciplinary committee on Thursday it could take a week to ratify whatever decision they come to.
As a result, the verdict could be published on the day of the return leg of the Arsenal quarter-final tie in Prague.
Kudela has denied racially abusing Kamara and Slavia accused the Rangers man of a physical attack on their player in the tunnel after the match, involving police via the Czech Embassy in Glasgow.
In an extraordinary intervention last week, Slavia’s president Jaroslav Tvrdik came out fighting against the racism accusations.
He blamed Rangers officials of ‘escalating biased pressure’ on UEFA and the police and said Slavia have been the victims of ‘xenophobic prejudice.’