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Men’s football Uefa ban Ondrej Kudela for 10 games

SHOW Racism the Red Card has slammed as “wildly insufficient” the 10-game ban handed to Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela, who was found guilty of racist behaviour towards Rangers player Glen Kamara today.

The black Finn was incensed after Kudela whispered into his ear during a Europa League tie at Ibrox on March 18.

Kudela had been handed a provisional one-match ban over a lesser charge of insulting Kamara, and that ban is now included in the overall 10-match sanction.

Kamara has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of assaulting Kudela in the tunnel after the game. Kamara said Kudela called him a “fucking monkey,” something Kudela denied.

Kamara’s lawyer, Aamer Anwar, said the 10-game ban for Kudela — the minimum sanction for a racist offence — “made a mockery” of Uefa’s claims to take racism seriously.

And Show Racism the Red Card tweeted: “Uefa handing Ondrej Kudela a 10-match ban after he whispered racist abuse into the ear of Glen Kamara is wildly insufficient. Players can wear ‘respect’ on their arms, but without zero tolerance of racist abuse, it stands as an empty gesture.”

Kamara’s ban only covers Uefa club competitions, meaning he will be eligible to represent Finland at the Euros.


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