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Czech government official criticizes UEFA for ban on racism against Ondrej Kudela | Football


A senior Czech government official claims UEFA handed Ondrej Kudela a 10-game suspension for abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara to satisfy the “perverted expectations of a small group of activists.”

Vratislav Mynar’s intervention came on the day police said they had reported Kudela and Kamara to the Scottish prosecutor’s office after investigating allegations of racist abuse and assault during the Europa League match between Rangers and Slavia Prague in Ibrox last month.

A case of “racially aggravated conduct” against Kudela was brought to the Public Prosecutor after the 34-year-old was accused of yelling a discriminatory insult in Kamara’s ear. Kamara has been reported to prosecutors on an accusation that he beat Kudela in the tunnel after the match.

Mynar has accused Uefa of acting at the “pinnacle of hypocrisy” by banning Kudela and bizarrely suggested that the ruling would make non-black players become victims of discrimination. Mynar heads the Office of the President of the Republic, a department created to ensure presidential powers and they are carried out.

In his open letter to the Uefa control, ethics and discipline body, he wrote: “I note that racism is not proven and is alleged. The Uefa inspector himself questioned that Ondrej Kudela had made a racist statement. However, he has opted for a completely unprecedented punishment for a player who did not hurt anyone and who only verbally offended – according to his statement – his opponent.

“You convict a decent person without a single proof. You make it impossible for athletes to fulfill their dream in the Europa League, all this just to fulfill the perverted expectations of a small group of activists and a club incapable of winning on the field, even more so by shouting empty and hurtful phrases about racism.

“In its submission, the fight against racism has become the fight of the unsuccessful against the successful, the pinnacle of hypocrisy, affirmative action and shameful undermining with stupid tendencies.

“Your efforts can lead to the opposite, a situation where a person with a color other than black will be discriminated against, oppressed and deprived of their rights. That is why I also consider it necessary to oppose this procedure.

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“Although you are probably not used to it, let me tell you one thing. I very much appreciate the fact that the Czech public does not identify with your verdict in the whole of society. On the contrary, if only for a short time, you have managed to unite former rivals. We will not kneel before you and threats will not be applied to the Czech football fan. “

Kamara received a three-game suspension after UEFA found out he had assaulted Kudela in the tunnel. Kamara met with police officers last week to discuss the complaints, and his lawyer Aamer Anwar urged Kudela to follow suit.

Anwar said: “We strongly urge Mr. Kudela to cooperate with the officers conducting their investigations into his alleged criminal conduct … Glen Kamara has fully cooperated with the Scottish Police and has provided a statement to officers in my Offices”.


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