It’s not every day Rangers fans will laud a player who doesn’t play for the club for connecting an elbow with a rival player, but when it comes to Ondrej Kudela, fans will make an exception.
The racist defender finds himself at the middle of a global racism storm after abusing Gers midfielder Glen Kamara in the Europa League last 16 at Ibrox.
Rangers might’ve lost the game but the match – and a solid Slavia Prague performance and 2-0 win – was overshadowed by the incident which has sent a shockwave through world football.
Despite the claims Kudela has been supported by both Slavia and the Czech national team who flew the defender to the UK to face Wales for a World Cup Qualifier this week.
Wales – doing the entire United Kingdom proud – wouldn’t be letting these racism enablers walk out of Cardiff with anything and put up a proud show of defiance even before the match.
The Welsh side wore Kick Racism Out of Football t-shirts in the warm-up whilst they also took the knee before kick-off – something the Czech side abstained from.
Not only that but in a tough match – with the Czech’s unbeaten in Group E and fresh off the back of a 1-1 draw with World #1s Belgium – Wales defiantly ran out 1-0 winners despite going down to 10 men.
Gareth Bale – the Real Madrid winger on loan at Tottenham Hotspur this season – was the main man once again as he whipped in a ferocious cross to be headed home by Daniel James with ten minutes to go.
But if taking three points off the Czech side wasn’t enough, Bale also caught racist defender Kudela with an elbow after glancing in his direction and fixing his eye on the ball.
Gareth Bale elbows Ondrej Kudela. The player who racially abused Glen Kamara during Rangers' Europa League game.
Respect 👊 https://t.co/fgBmArn8pi
— Outsiders (@Outsiders_Footy) March 30, 2021
Normally, elbows are the preserve of the cheap but when it comes to racists, Rangers fans fully endorse them and as Kudela winced in pain the Ibrox support applauded Gareth Bale:
Gareth Bale elbows Ondřej Kúdela in the face.
Someone's da' on a Rangers Facebook Group right now: pic.twitter.com/I8DkYILA8p
— Greegsy's Gloves (@Gers89_) March 30, 2021
Bale just elbowed Kudela.
Top man, Gareth.
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) March 30, 2021
Via Gareth Bale 😫💪🏽
Well done Gareth 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Ky2vWssypb
— 𝚁𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛55𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚜 (@Ranger55pares) March 30, 2021
Always liked Gareth Bale pic.twitter.com/JnwwXmya1h
— ET RFC (@CapitalCityBear) March 30, 2021
Bale tried his best pic.twitter.com/rv0kSy0DFL
— CJ (@cjnovo992) March 30, 2021
Gareth bale after his purely accidental elbow on Kudela : pic.twitter.com/lNIx7WGRqc
— Matt⚡️Honda ™ (@uberhonda) March 30, 2021
🙏 I hope Bales elbow is okay? pic.twitter.com/Akn2GBg150
— 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 (@SeafarerMichael) March 30, 2021
Mon The Bale 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/t1LJieqeKB
— Shelley 🧡💙 (@StockmanShelley) March 30, 2021
Gareth Bale Loyal.
Nice one, son. 👏👏👏👏👏
— Kenny (ninj) (@kenny47110) March 30, 2021
Well done Gareth Bale 👏😂 pic.twitter.com/YfqE02dU9g
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) March 30, 2021
Gareth Bale Loyal 🏴🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/OrUaE6ly6G
— Rossco (@HeartandHutts) March 30, 2021
— Bluepokerstar (@BluePokerStar) March 30, 2021
Bale enjoyed the game tonight
— Alex (@alegil2101) March 30, 2021
Rangers’ Euro rival Kudela, 33, can expect plenty more of this in his career as players endeavour to kick, punch, or even elbow racism out of football. I don’t make the rules.
Slavia continue to act in disgrace since the incident with the football community awaiting the outcome of a UEFA investigation.
The Czech ambassador to the UK even made one dramatic claim regarding Scotland Yard and the Met police as tempers flared in Glasgow.