Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela has finally made an apology to Glen Kamara but ruined it by still maintaining he didn’t racially abuse him.
The Czech Republic international admitted that it was a mistake to run the length of the field and approach Kamara, and admitted emotions were running high.
In a statement via law firm Urban & Hejduk, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said, “I am surprised that the UEFA Disciplinary Committee has reached a different conclusion than its inspector before.
“According to him, there was no convincing evidence for the accusation of racism against me, which I continue to reject.
“In retrospect, I realise that it was a mistake to go to Glen Kamara at all and say anything to him. There were emotions in the match and unfortunately I can’t take it back now. I’m so sorry.”
Despite everything that’s transpired over the last few weeks, Kudela still continues to deny any wrongdoing – despite being found guilty.
Bongani Zungu who was on the pitch at the time the incident took place, heard the comments Kudela made and instantly reported them to referee Orel Grinfeeld.
For starters, handing a 10-game ban for a racism offence is a joke, given the fact that Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier was suspended for 10 weeks for something as innocuous as a betting offence.
There have to be more stringent punishments if the game claims to be tackling and one day eradicating racism from the field of play.
It’s also shocking that the Slavia Prague midfielder’s lawyers are considering whether they should appeal the ban – rather than the player taking the suspension head-on – and self-reflecting in his short absence from the professional scene.
It will be interesting to see how this transpires in the coming days and weeks, but Kudela’s come off looking worse since UEFA’s decision.