Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela was reportedly ‘attacked by fists and left bloodied within the tunnel’ following an allegation of racial abuse made in the direction of him by Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.
In a rare finish to Rangers’ Europa League marketing campaign, officers from Czech membership Slavia this morning claimed claimed Kudela was ‘cowardly crushed with fists within the face by Kamara, within the presence of Steven Gerrard and underneath the supervision of the Scottish Police’.
Rangers supervisor Gerrard urged UEFA – who’ve launched an investigation – to take swift and decisive towards the Slavia participant after his Finnish worldwide was left devastated by the incident.
But the Czech membership say Kudela was attacked and reveal they needed to name the police to escort them from the bottom for defense. The Czech ambassador to the UK Libor Secka can also be stated to be wanting into the main points.
Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela (R) was reportedly ‘attacked by fists and crushed within the tunnel’ following an allegation of racial abuse made in the direction of him by Rangers’ Glen Kamara (L)
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard urged UEFA to take swift and decisive towards the Slavia participant
Rangers boss Gerrard gestures in the direction of Kudela on the finish of a fractious evening of motion
Angry scenes ensued in the course of the latter phases of the Europa last-16 tie at Ibrox on Thursday
In a tweet, Slavia president Jaroslav Tvrdik denied the allegation of racist abuse and claimed the Czech champions referred to as in Police Scotland after Kudela was ‘bodily attacked.’
‘Slavia categorically denies the truth that the participant Ondrej Kudela racially (sic) insulted the gamers’ opponents in any approach,’ write Tvrdik.
‘Our participant was bodily attacked after the match. At the request of Slavia, the case was resolved by the native police. We want to see an in depth investigation of the entire state of affairs by UEFA.’
In an announcement this morning, Kudela stated: ‘I advised him “You’re a f***ing guy”. It was stated in feelings after two pink playing cards and a sequence of brutal interventions by an opponent, however I utterly reject racism.’
The Ibrox membership crashed out of the Europa League after second-half pink playing cards for substitute Kemar Roofe and Leon Balogun witnessed an evening of distress finish in a 2-0 defeat – 3-1 on mixture.
Slavia president Jaroslav Tvrdik denied the allegation of racist abuse on social media
The recreation itself was overshadowed, nonetheless, by allegations of racism and administration and gamers from each golf equipment bickering after the ultimate whistle.
Captain Connor Goldson remonstrated with Kudela earlier than Kamara was dragged down the tunnel at full-time, as he waited for his abuser.
Gerrard then took a celebration of Slavia officers to job on the pitch as offended scenes raged within the tunnel space lengthy after the ultimate whistle.
UEFA instantly launched an investigation after objectives from Peter Olayinka and Nicolae Stanciu ended Rangers’ hopes of reaching the final eight, with Gerrard saying: ‘First I’ll cope with the soccer aspect, we have been crushed by the higher workforce over the 2 legs.
Connor Goldson (centre) remonstrated with Kudela (third-right) as tempers flared at Ibrox
‘Congratulations to Slavia, they deserved it over the 2 video games. In no approach, form or kind will we sit right here and be unhealthy losers, popping out with excuses.
‘In phrases of the opposite incident, I’ve to be very cautious what I say. But you construct relationships in soccer. I’ve a really, very robust relationship with Glen Kamara.
‘I 100 per cent consider what he’s saying in phrases of the accusation. Other gamers round him heard it so I’ll stand toe-to-toe with Glen Kamara and I’ll cope with this nonetheless Glen desires to cope with it.
‘I’m proud of all my gamers, tonight displaying solidarity and from the highest of this membership to the underside we stand with the gamers. This state of affairs is over to UEFA now. I simply hope it would not get brushed underneath the carpet.’
Ondrej Kolar (left) suffered horrific eye cuts after Kemar Roofe’s (proper) stunning sort out
Gerrard was concerned in heated discussions with Kudela and Slavia officers on the touchline
It’s understood neither the match officers or the VAR screens detected any racist abuse. Incensed by the Slavia participant masking his mouth to lean in to Kamara’s ear, an emotional Gerrard added: ‘I really feel offended. It’s extraordinarily disappointing. There is an excessive amount of of it taking place round soccer.
‘Something must occur rapidly. That is above me. But 100 per cent I stand beside Glen Kamara, no matter occurs going ahead.
‘UEFA will take this upon them I’m positive they are going to communicate to each gamers and we are going to let different folks cope with it. All I can verify is that my participant tells me he was racially abused. I attempted to name Glen over in the course of the recreation, he did not come over.’
Denying claims that captain Goldson was near marching the Rangers gamers off the pitch, Gerrard responded: ‘I used to be going to ask him did he wish to go away the pitch and I’d have backed him no matter his choice was however the payers stayed on the pitch, that was their choice and the sport got here to a conclusion.
Gerrard has phrases with Slavia Prague coach Jindnch Trpisovsky on the pitch in the course of the melee
‘This might be taken out of my fingers now and handled by UEFA. I simply hope with all my coronary heart that folks cope with it as a result of that state of affairs was not regular. If I needed to say one thing to you on a soccer pitch, why do I have to cowl my mouth and go to the ear?
‘The recreation’s finished in phrases of the outcome on the time – we now have 9 males they’re 2-0 up. There is completely no want for it.
‘The disappointing factor for me is there may be folks making an attempt to defend the opposition participant. Their persons are making an attempt to defend it, making an attempt to defend him, calling us liars. That’s for different folks to cope with – all I say now’s that I stand by Glen Kamara 100 per cent.’
After a 1-1 attract Prague, Slavia cancelled out the away purpose benefit with a fizzing header from Olayinka early on.
The Rangers boss in dialog with Slavia officers after the scuffle broke out on the sphere
Rangers completed the sport with 9 gamers after substitute Roofe lasted simply seven minutes earlier than being dismissed for a dangerous high challenge which saw Slavia keeper Ondrej Kolar stretchered off.
Defender Leon Balogun additionally earned a second yellow card for the problem which ended with Stanciu smashing his seventh purpose in 5 video games, from a surprising 25-yard free kick.
‘From a soccer level of view we now have no complaints,’ added Gerrard. ‘We maintain our fingers up. We have been crushed by the higher workforce over two legs. Kemar deserved the pink card, if he goes along with his head the state of affairs may have been completely different.
‘The large turning level in phrases of the end result was the pink card. And then we clearly get one other one late on.
Slavia gamers rejoice at full-time after progressing to the Europa League quarter-finals
‘But there might be a time and a spot to speak about this recreation intimately and a time and a spot to analyse the sport. But proper now, I am unable to get the incident close to the top of the sport out of my system.’
After the bitter disappointment of a European exit, Rangers now face an Old Firm assembly with Celtic at Parkhead on Sunday lunchtime.
‘Come kick-off on Sunday we’ll be prepared,’ stated the Ibrox boss. ‘We’ll have a workforce on the market able to win an Old Firm. We’ll be proper up for it. That’s my job to choose them up.’
SLAVIA’S STATEMENT IN FULL
Slavia resolutely denies the disgusting accusation of one of the workforce captains Ondřej Kúdela of racist behaviour. Already the founders of our membership gave us crest with colors that means ‘the purity of the thought of sports activities and truthful contest the place the rival will not be our enemy, however revered opponent.’ Today, Slavia is a world membership based mostly on respect for our opponents and mutual respect of all folks and cultures.
After one of the brutal fouls, Ondřej Kúdela spoke to 1 of the Rangers gamers. ‘I advised him “You f***ing guy”. It was stated in feelings, however I completely deny there was something racist in these phrases,’ Kúdela said.
Slavia gamers confronted an unprecedentedly malicious play from their opponents. They have by no means skilled such play in any recreation they participated in fashionable historical past of the European competitions. Many brutal tackles resulted in accidents of our gamers. Goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář was taken to hospital with ten stitches on his head.
After the top of the sport, the workforce was not allowed to enter the dressing room. Ondřej Kúdela was assaulted by participant Kamara and hit with fists within the head when Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard witnessed the incident. Even the UEFA representatives who have been additionally current on the positioning of the incident have been shocked by this behaviour.
The workforce is now secure accompanied by the Scottish police.