Glen Kamara has called for tough sanctions against Ondrej Kudela and says he wishes he had walked off the pitch in the clash between Rangers and Slavia Prague.
Kamara, 25, was involved in a heated exchange with Kudela in the second-half of their Europa League second-leg tie on March 18 after the Finland international alleged the Slavia defender racially abused him.
Kudela has rejected these allegations but he was provisionally suspended by UEFA on Tuesday pending a full investigation [BBC Sport].
Breaking his public silence on the incident, Kamara told ITV News [18:30, 07/04/21] that he rues not taking more decisive action.
“I had a lot of emotions going through my mind…Angry, upset, I felt humiliated,” he said.
“All my family, friends, fans, whoever’s watching… I was taken back a lot. I felt like a little boy, it was a weird feeling.
“If I could go back to the time of the game I would walk off the pitch, 100%.
“There needs to be a big punishment.”
When asked if the punishments were severe enough he said: “Probably not, no.”
Small measures from UEFA
Kamara’s interview with ITV was a difficult one to digest with the 25-year-old evidently exasperated with events surrounding him after that abhorrent incident.
UEFA have not yet taken decisive action to deal with the incident and that has clearly left Kamara hurt and upset.
The governing body have issued a provisional one-game suspension but that does little to quell matters and everything is still left up in the air with the Slavia side denying all existence of such an incident taking place.
Kamara says he wishes that he had made a statement by walking off the pitch and we’re sure his teammates would have followed him.
It’s unfortunate that players have to go to these lengths but that might be the only way of further highlighting the ongoing issues with racism in football, as clearly things are not being handled properly.
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