Czech president's office criticises ban on Kudela

In an open letter sent to the UEFA disciplinary committee, office chancellor Vratislav Mynar said Kudela wasn't proven to be guilty.

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

The office of Czech President Milos Zeman on Thursday condemned the 10-match ban given to Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela for racially abusing a Black opponent in a Europa League match.

In an open letter sent to the UEFA disciplinary committee, office chancellor Vratislav Mynar said Kudela wasn't proven to be guilty.

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"Despite that you decided to punish a player who didn’t harm anyone and only verbally — in his words — offended his opponent," Mynar said. “You sentence a decent person without a single piece of evidence." Kudela was found to have racially abused Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara on March 18. He acknowledged swearing at Kamara but denied using racist language, which another Rangers player also claimed to have heard.

Ten games is the minimum ban for racial abuse in UEFA’s disciplinary code.

Mynar accused UEFA of issuing the verdict "to satisfy the perverted expectations of a few activists and a club unable to win on the field." Mynar claimed the verdict united Czech fans.

"We will not kneel before you and no threat can get to a Czech football fan," he said.

He said Zeman has been informed of the development and expressed his sympathy with all those who are disappointed by the verdict.Slavia published apologies by the club and its player to Kamara and offered to work "with major anti-racism British organisations."

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