Things took a new twist after Czechs made a complaint to police alleging that Ranger’s player Glen Kamara punched Kudela on the face. Kamara complained: “He branded me a “monkey.
Through his lawyer, the Finnish player gave his side of story claiming he was racially abused. His coach Steven Gerrard stood by his player and revealed that his midfielder told him that he was racially abused.
In his statement, he said: “There is no place for racism or any form of bigotry in football.
“Since summer many of us have taken the knee in solidarity with those who have lost their lives to racial violence.
“If Uefa genuinely wants to ‘show racism the red card’, then it’s time to stop the tokenism and take a zero-tolerance approach.
“As a player I do not expect myself, nor any other to have to tolerate racial hatred on or off the pitch in 2021.
“The vile racist abuse by Ondrej Kudela, took place on the international stage, and any failure to act by Uefa will be viewed as a greenlight for racism.
“During yesterday’s match with Slavia Prague, Kudela was arguing with a Rangers player and after I tried to intervene, he told me to shut up and then said ‘one second my friend’.
“He then came over to me covering his mouth, leaning into my ear, he uttered the words – ‘You’re a fing monkey, you know you are’. “I was shocked and horrified to hear such racist abuse from a professional football player. “Kudela’s claim he simply swore at me and said ‘You’re a fing guy’ is a complete utter lie, which does not stand up to any form of scrutiny.
“Kudela’s actions were deliberate and premeditated, but he was loud enough for my team-mate Bongani Zungu to hear what was said.
“I am grateful for the unconditional support of my team, our club and especially our manager Steven Gerrard.
“I want to thank not just our Rangers fans, but the many fans from across the football community and beyond, for calling out racism not just against myself, but also fellow player Kemar Roofe, who was subjected to a tirade of racist bile on Instagram.
“We as black players are sick of the freedom that such bigots are given to parade their hatred on social media and wonder when the likes of Instagram will start to take action.”
The Slavia Prague player however denied the allegation reported by Kamara. He said:“I completely reject accusations of racism. I said to him ‘You’re a f***ing guy’.
“Rangers did not want to let us into the dressing room for 45 minutes. I have never experienced anything like this in my career.
“When it seemed that the situation had calmed down, I met Kamara in the tunnel.
“In front of the Uefa representatives and both managers, he punched me full in the face with his fist, calmly and prepared, without any warning.”
Slavia released a statement on Friday claiming that they filled a complaint to the Scottish police on what is reported as Kamara assault to Kudela. The Scottish police have however denied receiving any complaint from either side. Police spokesman said: “No reports of criminality have been made by either club in connection with last night’s match.
“Police Scotland has contacted club officials and assured them that should any allegation be received it will be investigated thoroughly.”
UEFA is now investigating the whole matter.