Shamed Czech defender Ondrej Kudela has travelled to the UK for the nation’s World Cup Qualifier with Wales despite “safety” concerns following a high-profile incident with Rangers.

The centre-back racially abused Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara on the field of play during the Czech champions’ 2-0 Europa League win at Ibrox.


Shamed Czech defender Ondrej Kudela will NEVER live it down after he racially abused Rangers star Glen Kamara. (Photo by ANDREW MILLIGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

In the weeks proceeding this there has been a monumental fall-out with Kudela and Slavia adamant they’re not racists whilst their supporters endeavour to suggest the exact opposite.

The entire thing was made worse by allegations of assault levelled at Glen Kamara by Slavia which have been passed onto the police.


However, the police are also investigating the racial abuse and Kudela – be it against Wales or when Slavia play Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals – could be questioned when he returns to the UK.

Kudela’s legal team previously claimed the defender won’t travel to the UK due to “security” concerns whilst more sceptical voices believed it was more to do with the case and the police.

The Czech star’s legal team refute this claim.

“The speculation published in the media about the possible arrest of Ondrej Kudela is incorrect,” reads the statement [Slavia].

“Police Scotland have confirmed to SK Slavia’s lawyers that the investigations are at an early stage and that Mr Kudela is fully co-operating.

“To aide SK Slavia with co-operating with UEFA and Police Scotland, and out of concern for the safety of Ondrej Kudela, SK Slavia decided in cooperation with the national team management not to release Mr Kudela for the match of the Czech national team in Wales.”

However, despite claims he wouldn’t travel, Kudela has arrived in the UK and is available for selection for the match in Cardiff.

Rangers, Kamara and Slavia eagerly await the outcome of a UEFA investigation into the incident as world football watches on in a season almost defined by token gestures to combat racism.

Now is a chance for the authorities to take a stance against this scourge in football – something the Czech team have been classless in their endeavours to do.

Tempers were so frayed in the aftermath of the match that the Czech ambassador to Britain claimed he had to call Scotland Yard to protect the cowardly eastern European outfit.

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