UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara and abuser Ondrej Kudela as the fall-out over the Slavia Prague shame game continues.
Rangers were well-beaten in the 2-0 Europa League last 16 defeat to the Czech Champions but the game was overshadowed by Kudela racially abusing Kamara in the second half.
NEW: UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Ondrej Kudela and Glen Kamara. Kudela has also been provisionally suspended for next UEFA match. Statement 👇🏻 #SSN #UEFA #RangersFC pic.twitter.com/KSVg92kYWF
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) April 6, 2021
This came after Rangers striker Kemar Roofe had accidentally injured the Slavia goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář and in the proceeding weeks both Gers stars have been targets of disgraceful racist abuse.
The Ibrox stars have routinely shared disgusting racism levelled at them from Slavia fans in the aftermath of the incident with the Prague club’s behaviour reprehensible in the fall-out.
Now, UEFA have launched an investigation into the situation with Kamara accusing Kudela of racial abuse and the Czech club accusing Kamara of assault in the aftermath of the game.
This is something Rangers have continuously denied with the Czech club claiming Rangers are part of a conspiracy to cover it up [Slavia].
Kudela has also received a provisional one-match suspension for Slavia’s Europa League quarter final first leg against Arsenal – a match he was set to miss anyway due to a “nasal contusion” suffered on international duty.
A UEFA statement reads:
“Following an investigation conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector regarding the incidents that occurred during the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second leg match between Rangers FC and SK Slavia Praha on 18 March 2021, proceedings have been opened against Mr. Ondřej Kúdela in order for the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) to assess a potential violation of Article 14(1) or Article 15(1)(a)(iv) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR) and against Mr. Glen Kamara in order for the CEDB to assess a potential violation of Article 15(1)(g) DR.
“In accordance with Article 49 DR, the CEDB today decided to provisionally suspend Mr. Ondřej Kúdela for the next (1) UEFA club competition match for which he would otherwise be eligible for the prima facie violation of Article 15(1)(a)(iv) DR, without prejudice to any ruling that the CEDB may subsequently make on the alleged violation of Article 14(1) DR.
“Further information about this case will be made available once the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has taken a decision in due course.”
Rangers fans have reacted negatively to the news which could see Kamara given a five-match ban under UEFA regulations if found guilty.
Kudela, 34, could receive a 10-game ban from UEFA competition if he is found guilty with the provisional ban for “insulting an opponent” [BBC Sport].
Rangers fans are not happy at this latest move – even if UEFA need to respond to Slavia’s allegations of assault – and took aim at the governing body for their approach to the situation:
— Alistair MacRae (@alimacno) April 6, 2021
Article a bit late for the morning of the 1st of April, surely? Kamara charged 😳
— DeltaRangers – Botswana (@DeltarangersB) April 6, 2021
— Iain (@CemetryGates89) April 6, 2021
One match suspension for Kudela for racially abusing Glen Kamara
What a disgrace of a decision. UEFA are a joke organisation
— Scott Thompson (@ST21310) April 6, 2021
UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Kudela & Kamara ..
Kamara’s reaction won’t go unpunished but there were mitigating circumstances.
His reaction adds more weight to the evidence against Kudela
I’m confident Kudela will face criminal charges & a lengthy ban from UEFA pic.twitter.com/BEmYb9ftmh
— Dumfries & Galloway True Blues (@DumGallTrueBlue) April 6, 2021
Slavia's mudslinging has lead to UEFA investigating Kamara, the victim of racist abuse. They and UEFA are corrupt to the core.
— mi55teeray™ (@missteeray) April 6, 2021
Kamara is gonna end up with a bigger ban that Kudela btw
UEFA are Scum https://t.co/K72Df0L7sK
— william (@willytoonsly) April 6, 2021
Interesting that Glen Kamara has also been cited, considering how wildly inaccurate Slavia's accusations are against him… https://t.co/xHttr8WPSB
— Grant Reid (@grantreid1) April 6, 2021
You just know UEFA are gonny give them the same punishment even though Kamara deserves absolutely no punishment https://t.co/eie5nkEhtl
— Hendo (@_ReeceHenderson) April 6, 2021
Uefa giving Kudela a 1 match ban for a match he was never going to travel to whilst investigating Kamara sounds like a total stitch-up.
— Hutch (@Alan50583050) April 6, 2021
This is only the beginning of the disciplinary process and football will be watching very closely to see how UEFA handles the case in the coming weeks.
It is absolutely incredible that anyone would suggest Kamara is lying but Slavia continue to do so and even demanded a “halt” to the ongoing media conversation around the disgraceful incident.