Kamara claimed Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela covered his mouth with his hand before racially abusing it in Rangers’ 2-0 loss in their last 16 second leg at Ibrox.
In a statement posted to Slavia’s English-language website on Friday, center-back Ondrej Kudela admitted he used offensive language, but denied using racist language.
In a statement released through his lawyer, Kamara said: “There is no room for racism or any form of bigotry in football. Since [the] the summer many of us took the knee in solidarity with those who lost their lives to racial violence.
“If UEFA really wants to ‘show racism the red card’ then it is time to stop tokenism and take a zero tolerance approach.
“As a player, I don’t expect myself or anyone else to have to tolerate racial hatred on or off the pitch in 2021.
“Ondrej Kudela’s vile racist abuses have taken place on the international stage, and any failure to act by UEFA will be seen as a green light for racism.
“In yesterday’s game with Slavia Prague, Kudela was arguing with a Rangers player and after trying to intervene he told me to shut up and then said ‘for a second my friend’.
“Then he came over to me covering his mouth, leaning against my ear, he said the words -” You are a ****** monkey, you know you are “.
“I was shocked and horrified to hear such racist abuse from a professional football player.
“Kudela’s claim, he just cursed at me and said ‘You’re a ****** dude’ is a complete lie that does not stand up to any form of scrutiny.
“Kudela’s actions were deliberate and premeditated, but he was loud enough for my teammate Bongani Zungu to hear what was said.
“I am grateful for the unconditional support of my team, our club and especially our manager Steven Gerrard.
“I want to thank not only our Rangers fans, but also the many fans in the football community and beyond, for speaking out against racism not only against myself, but also against my colleague Kemar Roofe, who has been subjected to a racist tirade of bile on Instagram. .
“As black gamers, we are fed up with the freedom given to such fanatics to show their hatred on social media and wonder when people like Instagram will start taking action. ”
Sky Sports News requested a response from Slavia Prague.
Slavia files criminal complaint for alleged assault on Kudela
Slavia alleged Kudela was assaulted in the tunnel after the match, with the club announcing that they had filed a criminal complaint with the Czech Embassy in London, which they say will take the club’s grievance to Scottish Police. UEFA has launched its own investigation into Thursday’s events in Ibrox.
In a statement, the Prague bosses said: “Slavia resolutely denies the disgusting accusation of one of the team captains Ondrej Kudela of racist behavior.
The statement said that after one of the “brutal fouls”, Kudela spoke with one of the Rangers players. Kudela was quoted in the statement as saying, “I told her ‘Fuck you guys’. It was said with emotion, but I absolutely deny that there is anything racist about these words. ”
Steven Gerrard: I believe in 100% Glen Kamara
Speaking after the very busy game, Gerrard gave his full support to Finland international Kamara and urged UEFA to investigate the allegations of racist abuse by his player.
“Glen Kamara is one of mine to me, like everyone in this dressing room,” said Gerrard.
“I believe him 100%, what he says in terms of accusation. Other players around him have heard it. I will be face to face with Glen Kamara. ”
Connor Goldson: I ‘really despise’ Slavia Prague players
Connor Goldson, who had been booked for his role in the game’s controversial playoffs, said Sky Sports: “I’m really proud of the way the club handled it, but I don’t think I ever had hatred on a football pitch like I did yesterday.
“I’ve never been really angry on a football pitch at this point. But I really despise them. ”
Rangers general manager Stewart Robertson said: “The racist abuse suffered by Glen Kamara will not be tolerated by Rangers. As a club, we resolutely support Glen as we support him and his teammates.
“We support each of our players. Regardless of race, religion, color or creed – if you wear the famous Rangers FC blue, you are one of us. Anyone, anyone.
“Several of our players have subsequently been subjected to racist, threatening and disgusting abuse online. This is heinous and once again underscores the responsibility of social media in eradicating the abuse of faceless cowards.
“We refuse to acknowledge any attempt to defend, deflect or deny the abuse suffered by Glen Kamara last night.
“UEFA will be well aware that the football world is watching. We expect a strong and unequivocal response to this incident. It can’t just be ‘swept under the rug’ – we’re not ready for Glen Kamara to be yet another statistic. is enough. ”
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