As the fallout from Thursday night’s Europa League clash grew, Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara accused Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela of “vile racial violence.”
Kamara released a statement via his counsel in which he detailed the alleged incident – which Kudela denies – and requested that UEFA take action.
It came just hours after Slavia urged police to look into claims that a Rangers player assaulted a fan in the Ibrox tunnel – and said Gers manager Steven Gerrard is a key witness.
“If UEFA aims to ‘show bigotry the red card,’ then it is time to abandon the tokenism and take a zero-tolerance approach,” Kamara said in the letter.
“As an athlete, I do not anticipate having to accept racial animosity on or off the field in 2021.
“The vile racial harassment by Ondrej Kedel [sic] happened on an international scale, and UEFA’s inability to respond will be perceived as a green light for racism.”
Kamara had to be stopped by teammates when he responded aggressively when Kudela approached him late in the game, cupping his hand before reportedly whispering a racist slur into the midfielder’s ear – “you’re a f monkey, you know you are,” according to Finn’s comment.
The match, which Slavia won 2-0 after Gers had two men sent off, was completed as the Light Blues chose not to walk off in protest.
However, Gerrard and Rangers chairman Douglas Park was later seen addressing the Slavia delegation after the final whistle, enraged by the handling of Finland international Kamara.
Slavia says a Rangers player punched Kudela when the altercation burst into the tunnel – a claim Rangers claim was made to deflect attention away from the racism storm.
UEFA has already stated that it will investigate the game, but Slavia is now insisting that police officers investigate the incidents.