Slavia Prague president Jaroslav Tvdrik has claimed that Rangers tried to get the Czech side excluded from the Europa League after the racism row at Ibrox.
The second leg of their last 16 clash was a fiery encounter throughout but the mark was well overstepped in the second half when Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela racially abused Gers midfielder Glen Kamara.
Kudela and his club refused to accept the truth for weeks but he was eventually banned by UEFA for ten games for “racist behaviour”. [Sky Sports]
Speaking to Czech outlet Seznam Zpravy, Tvdrik said the Light Blues were determined to see Slavia thrown out of the Europa League, before they met their match in Arsenal and were knocked out in the quarter-final anyway.
“By the way, the Scottish side was working hard on this [exclusion] at the very beginning,” he said.
“It’s like reminding us that we can actually be happy in a way that Slavia is not affected in any way, and we have to draw a thick line in this and we have to work if I say it simply, not only on the signs and videos, but we have to think about it.”
If that is indeed true we can only commend the Rangers hierarchy for trying to push the issue as much as possible and trying to inflict as much punishment as possible.
There was no denying that Slavia deserved their place in the quarter-final based on footballing merit – we didn’t show our best football out in Prague or at Ibrox.
Red cards to Kemar Roofe and Leon Balogun further complicated matters long before the racist abuse directed at Kamara by Kudela.
But excluding Slavia from the competition for the incident and their shameless reaction to it would have sent shockwaves around Europe and sent a strong message of intent that UEFA will not tolerate racism.
Instead, they dished out the minimum ban they could to Kudela, and have failed to appropriately sanction Slavia as a club.
In other Rangers news, ‘Embarrassing’ – Ally McCoist accuses BBC pundit of talking ‘nonsense’ over Gers clash v Celtic.