Ondrej Kudela of Slavia Prague, the player at the center of a bias investigation by both the police and UEFA, will miss Thursday’s Europa League match against Arsenal. Read more about Ondrej Kudela Ban below.
UEFA has given the Czech defender a one-match ‘provisional ban’ for wrongdoing when it concludes its inquiry into charges that he branded Rangers player Glen Kamara a ‘f monkey’ during a heated match at Ibrox last month.
It came as UEFA opened new proceedings against Kudela for ‘insulting players or others present at a match’ and Kamara for serious violence,’ which could result in a five-game suspension. Slavia had previously confirmed that Kudela would miss the quarter-final, first leg match at the Emirates Stadium due to illness and injury. Both Police Scotland and UEFA are investigating the bigotry charges, with Kamara’s counsel predicting that the former will interview Kudela when he returns to the UK for the game this week. This, though, would no longer be possible. It has also been revealed that the findings of UEFA’s investigation will take another week to be released, but the decision to issue the provisional ban ahead of the first leg was made on Tuesday.
UEFA Authority: Ondrej Kudela Ban
UEFA has the authority to impose ‘provisional suspensions’ of up to 90 days to ensure the proper administration of justice, uphold athletic discipline, prevent irreparable injury, or for reasons of safety and protection. Kudela, on the other hand, was not going to London for the game. ‘He has a cough, virosis, and flu. An inflammation after a hit to the nose is also seen,’ Slavia assistant coach Zdenek Houstecky told the club’s website.
The nasal damage was caused by an unintentional blow suffered by Wales’ Gareth Bale. The injury took place during last week’s World Cup qualifier against the Czechs in Cardiff.
Despite Slavia’s reservations about allowing Kudela to fly, the trip to Wales went off without a hitch.
‘Ondrej is on antibiotics and has not completed his UEFA checks or passed a fitness test. Unfortunately, we anticipate that he would be unable to face Arsenal. An assessment at the Central Hospital in Prague revealed that he has a nasal contusion. He has a high fever, and is on antibiotics. At this time, it is impossible to predict how long his recovery would last,’ said Slavia spokesman Michel Bycek.
According to Czech media, Rangers and Slavia will have to wait until next week. The results of the UEFA investigation into the ethnic discrimination charges will be out next week.
UEFA’s disciplinary committee will debate on the completed report on Thursday. Any conclusion they reach could take up to a week to be ratified. As a consequence, the decision will be made public. On the day of the second leg of Arsenal’s quarter-final match in Prague.