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Kudela's 10-game ban for racist behaviour

·2-min read

Rangers say Glen Kamara has been "vindicated" after Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela was handed a 10-game ban by UEFA after being found guilty of racist behaviour towards the Ibrox midfielder.

But Kamara's lawyer Aamer Anway has accused European football's governing of issuing a "token" punishment as he insisted Kudela should have been kicked out of football for a year.

The Czech Republic centre-back is set to miss this summer's Euros after being punished for whispering a disgraceful slur into Kamara's ear during last month's explosive Europa League clash in Glasgow.

Kamara and his Gers team-mates reacted with fury to the incident, with the Finland international later alleging he was called a "f***ing monkey".

Kudela rejected the claims - which were corroborated by Kamara's teammate Bongani Zungu - as he insisted he had only said: "You f****** guy".

UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body (CEDB), however, has now backed Kamara's version of events as it announced Kudela has been found guilty of "racist behaviour".

In a statement, Rangers said: "We welcome the suspension imposed on Ondrej Kudela. This not only vindicates Glen Kamara's evidence but underlines the severity of the comment, given the number of games has been imposed by UEFA."

Rangers have also been sanctioned by European football's governing body. Kamara has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of assaulting Kudela in the tunnel after the game.

His Rangers teammate Kemar Roofe has been given a four-match suspension for the horror tackle on Ondrej Kolar which left the Slavia keeper with a fractured skull.

Rangers have also been given a 9,000 euro fine for failing to control their players as the match boiled over.

Kudela had been handed a provisional one-match ban over a lesser charge of insulting Kamara, and that ban is included within the overall 10-match sanction.

As it stands, Kudela will miss the remainder of Slavia's Europa League campaign - they play the second leg of their quarter-final tie against Arsenal on Thursday night - and will also be ruled out as the Czechs kick-off their Euro 2020 campaign.

But while Rangers welcomed Kudela's punishment, Kamara's lawyer Anwar said the 10-game ban - which is the minimum sanction for a racist offence - "made a mockery" of UEFA's claims to take racism seriously.

In a statement, he said: "UEFA should have imposed a minimum year-long ban rather than a tokenistic 10-match ban.

"There is no other workplace within which such racist behaviour would be tolerated. Sadly UEFA once again has made a mockery of their claims that they want to kick racism out of football.

"Ondrej Kudela acted in a grotesque and racist manner, but his behaviour was compounded by his club Slavia Prague, who implied that my client Glen was a liar."

In a statement, the Czech champions issued an apology to Kamara.