It’s been almost two weeks since Glen Kamara accused Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela of racially abusing him when Rangers were knocked out of the Europa League at Ibrox.
And while UEFA investigators work behind the scenes before making their conclusions, Kudela plays for the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier against Wales.
However, ahead of that match, the Czech FA released a statement for how they will show they are opposed to racism – despite Kudela starting in Cardiff.
In an announcement via their official website, the Czech FA confirmed “the national team will take a neutral apolitical stance to certain topics that have been resonating in the sports environment”.
In a nutshell, the Czech FA confirmed their players would not be ‘taking the knee’ ahead of the World Cup qualifier versus Wales. They would instead “point to the UEFA Respect inscription on the left sleeve of their jerseys”.
Yet again, this has been announced when a player accused of racially abusing another player has been named in their starting line-up.
Kudela joined in with making the hollow gesture, as you can see in the image below.
How can a player who’s been accused of what Kudela has done be named in a team as though nothing has happened?
There’s no doubt that Slavia and Czech fans will point to the old ‘innocent until proven guilty’ line but, as mentioned, it’s been almost two weeks now and it’s all been life as normal for Kudela – except for the swathes of criticism being aimed at him.
Kudela should not have been called up for international duty. He should not have started and that statement didn’t even need to be published when those other two things have been allowed to happen.
It’s all well and good pointing to a ‘respect’ sign on your sleeve. But would it have not been a better show if the Czech FA blocked Kudela from getting called up to the squad for this international break?
We’re fed up of empty gestures in football and demand real action and real punishments.