Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela to appeal 10-match ban for racist comment to Rangers' Glen Kamara

Representatives of Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela have announced a plan to appeal the 10-game UEFA suspension given to the player for ‘racist behaviour’ in his club’s Europa League win over Rangers.

Glen Kamara of Rangers clashes with Ondrej Kudela of Slavia Praha during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Rangers and Slavia Praha at Ibrox Stadium on March 18, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Czech international was sanctioned after an investigation over an allegation from Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara who claimed to have been racially abused by the 34-year-old on the pitch.

UEFA handed the defender a provisional one-game ban while they examined the case, and then extended the suspension by a further nine games across all of the European association’s fixtures – for club and internationals, ruling him out of this summer’s European Championships.

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However after receiving a report of the governing body’s findings, the Czech player’s lawyers have revealed their intention to appeal his 10-game punishment – which was widely criticised when announced earlier this month. Kamara’s lawyer Aamer Anwar described the punishment as “tokenistic” and “the bare minimum” and added: "Under the UEFA disciplinary regulations Kudela could have been banned for 'at least ten matches or a specified period of time', and we firmly believe that UEFA should have made use of the significant discretion available to them, to send a far stronger message that this type of abhorrent conduct will not be tolerated on the football field.”

Slavia won the controversial Europa League match 2-0 at Ibrox, but exited the competition in the subsequent round with Kudela missing the defeat by Arsenal.

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