Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela has been given a one-game ban by UEFA for insulting Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.
On the face of it, this is good news as UEFA have recognised that something offensive was said to Kamara but there are reasons to be concerned.
UEFA are continuing to investigate allegations from both sides, according to Slavia, including the claim that Kamara physically assaulted Kudela after the match.
Yes, the fact that UEFA are still looking at whether Kudela used racist language is good because it means those allegations have not been dismissed out of hand.
However, the same can be said for the allegations against Kamara.
This means UEFA haven’t dismissed the claim by Slavia, a claim that Slavia have admitted they can’t prove with video evidence.
Their key piece of evidence is that a UEFA delegate witnessed the attack and they can confirm that it took place.
It would seem that this may be correct as the allegation has not been dismissed and is still being investigated.
Of course, we aren’t going to say that this means Kamara definitely attacked Kudela or that the Slavia man definitely used racist language towards Kamara.
But UEFA clearly think that the alleged assault could have taken place.
There has been no reference to this attack by anyone from Rangers, including no denial.
After today’s UEFA update we have to entertain the notion that this allegation against Kamara is not fictional.
UEFA releasing some information was long overdue and we welcome the update they provided today.
However, to suggest that the update is good news for Rangers and Kamara is incorrect, it is quite the opposite.
Kamara could be in real trouble when UEFA deliver their final verdict as he could be in for a wave of criticism for his alleged actions after that fateful game against Slavia Prague.
In other Rangers news, Slavia’s president has endorsed a message that has branded UEFA as clowns.