Europa League: Slavia Prague's Ondrej Kudela banned for 10 games for racial abuse

Kudela is set to miss the rest of Slavia’s Europa League campaign and the Czech Republic’s games at the European Championship.

The Associated Press April 14, 2021 21:11:22 IST
Europa League: Slavia Prague's Ondrej Kudela banned for 10 games for racial abuse

Ondrej Kudela receives a yellow card in Slavia Prague's Europa League match against Rangers. AP

Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela was banned for 10 games by UEFA on Wednesday for racially abusing a black opponent in the Europa League.

UEFA said the ban would apply to “club and representative team competition matches.” Ten games is the minimum ban for racial abuse in UEFA's disciplinary code.

Kudela is set to miss the rest of Slavia’s Europa League campaign and the Czech Republic’s games at the European Championship.

Kudela, Slavia and likely the Czech football federation can appeal against the ban, first to UEFA and then the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Kudela covered his mouth with both hands when he spoke into Rangers player Glen Kamara’s ear during a Europa League game in Glasgow last month. He denied Kamara’s accusation that he used racist language that another Rangers player also claimed to have heard.

UEFA also banned Kamara for three European club competition games next season for assaulting Kudela after the game, which Slavia won 2-0.

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