Slavia Prague president Jaroslav Tvrdik has revealed that Glasgow Rangers tried to get the Czech champions knocked out of the Europa League following the racism row involving Glen Kamara.
Tvrdik makes Rangers claim
On the same night that the Gers were beaten 2-0 at Ibrox by Slavia in March, Kamara accused Ondrej Kudela of racially abusing him towards the end of the match.
Kudela has since been given a 10-game ban from European competition (The Guardian), although Slavia themselves deny the allegations (slavia.cz). Speaking to Seznam Zpravy, Tvrdik accused the Gers of trying to get his club kicked out of the competition. He said:
“By the way, the Scottish side was working hard on this [exclusion] at the very beginning.
“It’s like reminding us that we can actually be happy in a way that Slavia is not affected in any way, and we have to draw a thick line in this and we have to work if I say it simply, not only on the signs and videos, but we have to think about it.”
This once again seems like another tactic from Slavia to deflect attention. They continually denied that Kudela had racially abused Kamara, even suggesting the Finland international was the only one at fault for assaulting the 34-year-old in the tunnel after the game. Kudela and those around him are sticking to their story no matter what is thrown at them.
Do you believe this claim?
It seems unlikely that the Gers would have really pushed for Slavia to be kicked out of the tournament. That would have set an uncommon precedent, and given UEFA’s sometimes negligent response to such claims, such a punishment was never going to happen. It seems as if Slavia are absolutely desperate to hold on to an image of themselves which is already in tatters.
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