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Rangers release statement on Ondrej Kudela racism ban and vow to fight Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe suspensions

RANGERS have confirmed they will appeal against Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe’s bans – as they welcomed Ondrej Kudela’s punishment.

Light Blues star Kamara has been handed a three-match suspension by Uefa for assaulting the Slavia Prague defender after last month’s Europa League clash.

Rangers star Glen Kamara reacts to Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela


Rangers star Glen Kamara reacts to Slavia Prague defender Ondrej KudelaCredit: AFP

While Roofe has been hit with a four-game ban after he left Czech keeper Ondrej Kolar with a fractured skull following a high challenge during the same game.

As for Kudela, he’s been banned for 10 games in Uefa competitions for racially abusing Kamara and will miss Euro 2020 as a result.

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However, in a statement on their website this evening, Rangers have confirmed they will appeal against the suspensions for their players.

It read: “Rangers notes the Uefa disciplinary decision relating to our fixture v Slavia Prague at Ibrox on 18th March.

Rangers star Kemar Roofe kicks Slavia Prague keeper Ondrej Kolar


Rangers star Kemar Roofe kicks Slavia Prague keeper Ondrej KolarCredit: Reuters

“We welcome the suspension imposed on Ondrej Kudela.

“This not only vindicates Glen Kamara’s evidence but underlines the severity of the comment, given the maximum number of games has been imposed by UEFA.

“Nevertheless, we believe the sanctions imposed on our two players (Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe) are severe.

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“We have written to Uefa, seeking clarification in writing on the basis that we intend to appeal the suspensions on both of players.

WE’RE SORRY Slavia Prague in U-turn as club chief APOLOGISES to Rangers star Glen Kamara

“We will make no further comment on this matter.”

Meanwhile, Slavia Prague chief Jaroslav Tvrdik has APOLOGISED to Kamara after previously denying the allegations against Kudela.

He said: “Ondřej was suspended for 10 UEFA games and as a club we respect the decision.

“In any case, Ondřej Kúdela should not have approached the opposition player.

“I deeply regret that and apologise to Glen Kamara for a situation that has clearly caused distress to him and his teammates, as well as everyone associated with Slavia and Rangers.

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“I am taking positive steps to prevent such a situation from happening in our club ever again.”

Slavia confirmed they received Uefa’s decision to ban Kudela for 10 matches earlier this afternoon.

And they insisted the club will show zero tolerance towards hatred, racism and discrimination as they said: “Slavia never discriminated against any minority as a club.”

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