Dundee captain Charlie Adam has branded Uefa “disgusting” and “weak” over their 10-game ban for Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela after the European governing body ruled he had racially abused Glen Kamara.
Uefa found the Czech defender guilty but handed out “the barest minimum penalty” according to Kamara’s lawyer Aamer Anwar.
Rangers midfielder Kamara himself has also been suspended for three matches after Uefa deemed he had assaulted Kudela in the tunnel after the Europa League tie at Ibrox in March. That was reduced from five matches on appeal, according to Anwar.
Speaking to BBC’s Sportsound, Dens Park skipper and ex-Rangers man Adam reacted to the verdict.
“I think it is disgusting from Uefa,” he said. “This was the opportunity for Uefa to stand up and be counted and it’s been weak.
“It is a big worry that someone can come over and abuse a player on the pitch and say what he said and only get 10 games.
“I’m offended by it and I think it is disgusting the club and the player still don’t really want to admit they are wrong.
“He’s been fined and banned. Uefa have found he said what he said but the player is still denying it.
“Rangers players got seven games for a situation involving Covid. Compared to this situation, it’s ridiculous.”
Former Dundee star Kamara was allegedly subjected to racist abuse by Kudela towards the end of a stormy European tie at Ibrox that also saw Kemar Roofe and Leon Balogun sent off as Slavia won 2-0.
Lawyer Anwar revealed Kamara feels vindicated by the decision by Uefa but slammed the “tokenistic” punishment laid out.
He told Sportsound: “It is welcome news that Uefa has found Ondrej Kudela guilty of racist abuse. It vindicates Glen’s position. He’s been called a liar and subjected to horrendous abuse. Speaking to Glen he is left disappointed that the sanction placed on Kudela is the barest minimum of 10 games.
“Uefa could have sent out a far stronger message.
“Uefa have made a mockery of their claims that they want to kick racism out of football.”
Racism has no place in football and no place in society.
— Dundee Football Club (@DundeeFC) March 19, 2021
He added: “Kudela’s behaviour was compounded by his club who implied Glen Kamara was a liar. The consequences of that went on to subject Glen to horrendous abuse on a daily basis, an hourly basis.
“There is no excuse for that.
“When that happened on the pitch and his friends and family were watching it wasn’t just him who felt humiliated, it was also his family.
“It came from a fellow professional. He did try to complain to the referee and resolve it in that way but didn’t see any action.
“It left him shocked and upset but anyone who knows Glen knows he is a strong young man. He’s not a character who is known to be over-the-top.
“He does feel vindicated and wants to thank Steven Gerrard and Rangers Football Club.
“Glen also wants to thank the clubs and fans who put aside football rivalry to support him and stand united against racism.
“He was overwhelmed by the support he received from Celtic fans.”
We stand today with Glen Kamara, and others who suffer at the hands of racism.
Today’s decision to stand rather than take the knee is a show of solidarity by our players to enhance the message that racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place anywhere in society. pic.twitter.com/kKdR6S8BHd
— Dundee United FC (@dundeeunitedfc) March 20, 2021
Kudela, meanwhile, said in a statement from his lawyers that he was “surprised” by the verdict and maintained his innocence in the matter, rejecting the “disgusting accusation” of racist abuse.
He was provisionally banned for one game pending an investigation and will now miss the next nine games played by either Slavia in Europe or the Czech national team.
That includes the European Championships this summer.
“In retrospect, I realise that it was a mistake to go to Glen Kamara at all and tell him anything,” Kudela said. “There were emotions in the match and unfortunately I can’t take it back now. I’m so sorry.”
Slavia chairman Jaroslav Tvrdik said the club accept the decision and “apologise to Glen Kamara for a situation that has clearly caused distress to him and his team-mates”.
Roofe was banned for four games for a challenge on Slavia’s Ondrej Kolar that left the goalkeeper with a fractured skull.
Both Roofe and Kamara’s bans apply only to European club competition.
Rangers, meanwhile, were fined 9,000 euros for failing to control their players.
l Police have reported both Ondrej Kudela and Glen Kamara to Scotland’s prosecution service after investigating allegations of racist abuse and assault during the tie between Rangers and Slavia Prague.
A case of “racially aggravated conduct” against Kudela has been submitted to the procurator fiscal after the 34-year-old was accused of shouting a discriminatory slur into Kamara’s ear during the game at Ibrox.
Rangers midfielder Kamara has also been reported to prosecutors over an allegation that he punched Kudela in the Ibrox tunnel after the match.