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.
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.”
While banning Kudela for ‘racist behaviour’ in the game – which the defender continues to deny – UEFA also gave Kamara a three-match club competition ban for ‘assaulting another player’,which Rangers have said they would appeal.
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.