UEFA have provisionally suspended Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela for one game as they begin disciplinary proceedings against him and Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.
Kamara has alleged that he was the victim of racist abuse by Kudela during Rangers’ last Europa League game against Slavia Prague on March 18.
Kudela denied the racism allegations and his club backed him, filing an official complaint with Scottish police, via the Czech Embassy in London, claiming Kamara assaulted Kudela after being full time.
Scottish police are investigating the two incidents.
A UEFA statement read: “Following an investigation by a UEFA ethics and discipline inspector into the incidents in the round of 16 second leg of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League between Rangers FC and SK Slavia Praha on March 18, 2021, proceedings were initiated against Mr Ondrej Kudela for the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) to assess a potential violation of the ‘Article 14 (1) or Article 15 (1) (a) (iv) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR) and against Mr. Glen Kamara for the CEDB to assess a potential violation of Article 15 (1) (g) DR.
“Pursuant to Article 49 of the RD, the CEDB has today decided to provisionally suspend Mr Ondrej Kudela for the next (1) UEFA club competition match for which he would otherwise be eligible for the prima facie violation. of Article 15 (1) (a) (iv) DR, without prejudice to any decision that the CEDB may subsequently render on the alleged violation of Article 14 (1) DR.
“Further information on this matter will be available once the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body takes a decision in due course.”
Kudela’s ban rules him out of Slavia’s Europa League quarter-final first leg tie against Arsenal on Thursday, though club assistant coach Zdenek Houstecky has said the player will not travel to London this week anyway due to illness.
“It’s a big weakening for us, Kudy is a mainstay who has been in fantastic shape. We were happy that he managed to travel to Wales, we were determined to fly to Arsenal as well,” said Houstecky .
“But he has a cold, a viral infection and a fever. And after a blow to the nose, he also has inflammation. He was under examination, but unfortunately he could not fly.”