Ondrej Kudela was handed a rough welcome back to the UK on Tuesday when the controversial Slavia Prague player was forced off the pitch against Wales.
Almost two weeks after he was accused of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara, Kudela was back in the country to play against Wales for the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier.
Ahead of the game, he and his Czech team-mates made a gesture of ‘respect’ as Welsh players took the knee but during the game, Gareth Bale took his own action against the alleged racist.
Twitter users were quick to share a clip of Tottenham star Bale elbowing Kudela in the face during the World Cup qualifier in Cardiff.
Kudela was treated on the pitch by medics and was eventually substituted off.
bales elbow on kudela 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/OxV2L6aJVK
— stevo (@stevonevo1) March 30, 2021
TalkSPORT and BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Stewart Weir even called for Bale to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for clattering into Kudela.
He wasn’t the only one to poke fun at Kudela with Sky Sports’ commentator on the Wales versus Czech Republic game saying: “I’m sure there’ll be large sections of the football community that won’t be too upset to see him take a blow to the face.”
I would like to nominate Gareth Bale for BBC Sports Personality of the Year …
— Stewart Weir (@sweirz) March 30, 2021
Kudela wasn’t going to travel with the Czech squad to start with due to fears over his safety.
However, we doubt that he was scared of Tottenham’s Bale when he did eventually get on the plane to Wales this week.
It remains to be seen how UEFA deal with Kamara’s allegation against Kudela but we hope it’s resolved quickly.
And in the meantime, we also cannot wait to read the Czech press’ reaction to Bale’s elbow on Kudela.
There’s bound to be even more outrage and finger-pointing from them in the coming days which we’ll try to keep you updated on.