The lawyer of Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara has taken aim at UEFA “tokenism” surrounding the ongoing racism case with Slavia Prague and defender Ondrej Kudela.
Rangers and Kamara have refused to back down amid a furious public fall-out surrounding the incident, which saw Kudela racially abuse Kamara during Slavia’s 2-0 Europa League win at Ibrox.
Statement on UEFA’s provisional one match suspension of Slavia Prague’s Kudela over his alleged racist abuse of @RangersFC player @GlenKamara4 This isn’t good enough, it’s time for immediate & robust action by @UEFA against racism on the basis of the evidence they have received pic.twitter.com/hsNp8JVPnN
— Aamer Anwar🎗✊🏽#BlackLivesMatter (@AamerAnwar) April 6, 2021
Since then there has been an outpouring of international scrutiny on the incident, with Slavia disgracefully claiming Kamara assaulted Kudela, something the Gers camp vehemently disputes.
So much so that solicitor Aamer Anwar describes the claims as “fantasy”.
This week, UEFA announced the launching of an investigation into both alleged incidents with the ban for racism up to 10 games in European Competition should Kudela be found guilty.
Conversely, Kamara could find himself banned for five games if he is found guilty of the assault Slavia have accused him of.
In the meantime, Kudela has been banned for one game as a result of the incident – meaning the Czech international will be banned for the Europa League clash with Arsenal despite already being set to miss the tie through injury.
Lawyer Aamer Anwar has called on UEFA to punish Kudela “robustly” and claims the current punishment smacks of “tokenism”.
“Ondrej Kudela has been provisionally suspended for one match, as UEFA begins disciplinary proceedings against him after he was accused of racially abusing Rangers player, Glen Kamara,” reads a statement.
“Kudela will not be allowed to play the Europa League match against Arsenal, which also means that Police Scotland will not be able to question him on Thursday with regards to their criminal investigation against him.
“I understand that Police Scotland have a sufficiency of evidence to proceed with charges against Kudela, without the need to speak to him.
“Whilst UEFA have carried out an initial investigation which makes damning reading about Kudela’s conduct.
“This initial one match ban does little to instil confidence in UEFA being serious about stamping out racism in football and they must take robust action going forward.
“The defence put forward by Slavia Prague can only be described as incredible or fantasy.
“A one match ban will make no difference whatsoever to Kudela or Slavia Prague, who were already claiming he was too ill to travel to Arsenal.
“A one game suspension smacks of ‘tokenism’ and gives little confidence to black players who face such vile abuse.
“The overwhelming evidence against Kudela means UEFA must take immediate action to punish him robustly for the crime he is accused of.”
Rangers continue to take the fight to Slavia Prague and UEFA and the footballing world will be watching the outcome of their investigations very carefully.
Rangers fans are worried that the entire thing is a “stitch up” after their passive midfielder was hauled into the investigation due to the Slavia allegations.