Star Footballer Slammed With 10-Match Ban For Racism

Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela has been banned for 10 matches for racially abusing Glen Kamara; however, the Rangers midfielder has been given his own three-game suspension for his response.

The pair clashed at the end of the Europa League last-16 second-leg match at Ibrox, with Kamara reacting furiously after he was racially abused by Kudela, before several players on both sides became involved in confrontations.

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A UEFA investigation has now ruled that Kudela was guilty of racism and has been banned; however, Kamara will have to sit out three games himself for “assaulting another player.”

A statement from the European football governing body said that an investigation by its Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector had decided: “To suspend SK Slavia Praha player, Ondrej Kudela, for the next 10 UEFA club and representative team competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible to play, for racist behaviour.”

It said the suspension is back-dated to include the Europa League quarter-final first leg between Slavia and Arsenal, for which Kudela was not selected.

UEFA introduced a 10-match ban for discrimination in 2013. It is the maximum punishment they give for a player found guilty of racially abusing another footballer.

The statement also says the inspector had decided “to suspend Rangers player, Glen Kamara, for three UEFA club competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible to play, for assaulting another player.”

Kamara says Kudela called him a “f*cking monkey” towards the end of the game at Ibrox, which Slavia won 2-0 to progress to the last eight of the Europa League.

He told ITV:

“[Kudela] came over and said ‘you’re a monkey, you’re a f*cking monkey and you know you are’. From there I reacted and said ‘he’s racist, he’s racist’.

“From there I had a lot of emotions going through my mind; angry, upset, I felt humiliated. All my family, friends, fans, whoever is watching, I felt like a little boy.

“I didn’t know how to feel to be honest, I was at a point where I was so angry I had tears in my eyes. I haven’t felt like that in God knows how long. It was a really weird feeling.

“For that to happen, from a so-called fellow professional, it’s crazy. It’s something you don’t expect in the game. Words can’t explain how I felt. Hopefully, I never have to feel that again. It was crazy really.”

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