Czech footballer Ondřej Kúdela, centre-back for Slavia Prague, accused of racism in Glasgow
The Ibrox Stadium in Scotland, one of the temples of world football, turned into a war zone on 18 March as Glasgow Rangers and Slavia Prague were fighting to advance to the quarter-finals of the European League. Instead of a pleasing football match, though, what was on display were countless personal duels, resulting in fouls committed by the Scottish team's players that were so harsh as to be insidious.
Two red cards were the result, so the Glaswegians completed the match with just nine players. Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář did not finish the match either.
One hour in, Kolář ran too far out from the net and the foot of an incoming attacker got him in the face. An examination that night confirmed a fracture to his forehead cavity.
After yet another unsportsmanlike intervention by the home team, the tense match came to a head. Slavia centre-back Ondřej Kúdela, covering his mouth with one hand, said something to Glen Kamara of the Rangers, a mid-fielder who is of dark complexion.
A shoving match ensued on the pitch, which was partially calmed down but then allegedly continued in the tunnel even after the final whistle. "I told him: 'You're [a] fucking guy'," Kúdela said to the media after coming back from an anti-doping checkup.
"I was emotional after the two red cards and the many brutal interventions by our rivals, but I absolutely reject racism," the Slavia player said. Players for Rangers, led by Bongani Zungu, had immediately appealed to the referee after the verbal incident, saying Kúdela had castigated Kamara with the words "You fucking monkey".
Slavia Prague players allege that Kamara was unable to take the situation and later assaulted Kúdela in the tunnel, beating him in the presence of Rangers manager Steven Gerrard. The incident was also allegedly witnessed by UEFA representatives.
Gerrard has denied any such thing happened. The Czech club even called the police, who escorted the team from the stadium to their hotel.
The Rangers manager then gave a press conference accusing Kúdela of racism, which Slavia Prague resolutely rejects and has called a fabricated accusation. UEFA will be addressing the entire situation and Slavia Prague is considering filing a criminal report against Kamara.
The match ended 0:2 in Slavia's favor. The Prague team has advanced to the quarter-finals of the European League where they will do battle with another club from the British Isles, Arsenal of London.
- Scandalous fourth acquittal by Czech court of racist football fans accused of assaulting Black man on tram
- Conspiracy theorists, disinformation followers and football hooligans to protest Czech Govt COVID-19 measures tomorrow in Prague
- Czech court acquits football hooligans accused of assaulting dark-skinned man on Prague tram, prosecutor appeals
- Czech politician spreads hateful racist hoaxes online against dark-skinned footballers, Muslims and Roma
- Czech Police propose indicting football fans who assaulted African man on a Prague tram for racist reasons
- Czech football fans who assaulted African man on Prague tram have not been banned from matches
- Racially-motivated attack by football fans on African man on a tram in the Czech capital - nobody came to his aid
- Czech documentary about Romani footballers premiered yesterday in Prague
- Czech football club backed down to racists within its own fan base over documentary screening
- Czech football club cancels screening of documentary about Romani footballers after fans threaten violence
- Czech Republic: Romani football trainer keeps children in the ghettos away from drugs
- Czech football team models clothing brand with neo-Nazi associations
- Romani football team removed from competition in the Czech Republic
- Some Czech riot police to deploy during risky football matches and neo-Nazi marches
- FARE Action week against racism and discrimination in European football
- Czech Bar Association reprimands attorney for approving of "joke" calling for the gassing of non-white first-graders, he appeals
- Czech man sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for one year, for assaulting Romani boy, but racial motivation is ignored
- Jaroslav Miko: Romani voters must cast their ballots for a democratic coalition, otherwise anti-Romani extremists may get into government
- Albanian comedy shows feature blackface, prejudice and stereotypes about Romani people
- Romani associations distance themselves from community member who apparently expressed desire to attack Czech politician
- Mayor and police in Czech town correct the record about assault incident to make clear Romani people were not involved as first alleged
- Romani runner in Slovakia whose junior career has been so hopeful confirms she is pregnant
- Slovak President and Plenipotentiary for Roma object to wave of hate and racism following announcement of Pope's visit to Romani neighborhood
- Czech Pirates sharply criticize bill to toughen welfare eligibility, delaying a vote
- Czech football club Sparta has identified the fans who shouted racist insults at Monaco player, filed a crime report against them and banned them from stadiums
- Woman says intercity bus driver in northern Czech town racially abused her and called for the death of all Roma before physically throwing her onto a road
- "Kamara - just a n****r" - Czech Police looking for football fans who published racist banner