Glen Kamara ‘was called a f***ing monkey by Ondrej Kudela’ during Rangers’ ill-tempered Europa League loss to Slavia Prague as footage shows team-mate Bongani Zungu complaining about his abusive insult to the bench
- Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela was accused of racial abuse on Thursday
- Glen Kamara’s claims triggered a bust-up between Rangers and Slavia players
- Footage appears to show players claiming Kudela called him ‘a f***ing monkey’
Rangers players appeared to complain that Glen Kamara had been called ‘a f***ing monkey’ by Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela in footage from their Europa League tie as tensions flared during their clash at Ibrox.
The tie was marred by a bust-up between both sides after Kamara claimed he was racially abused by the Czech centre-back during a heated game that saw the Gers reduced to nine men – with UEFA quickly opening an investigation into the incident.
Slavia officials have defended Kudela, claiming he was ‘cowardly beaten with fists in the face by Kamara’ in the tunnel after the full time whistle, with the player himself denying any racist abuse and insisting he told the player he was ‘a f***ing guy’.
Rangers players appeared to accuse Ondrej Kudela (R) of calling Glen Kamara (L) ‘a f***ing monkey’ during their Europa League game at Ibrox
Kamara reacts with Fury after Kudela whispers in his ear during their 2-0 loss on Thursday
The midfielder confronts Kudela and speaks to the referee, with his team-mates remonstrating
Kamara’s team-mate Bongani Zunga appears to relay to the Rangers dugout that Kudela had called him a ‘f***ing monkey’
But in a clip of the incident inside the empty stadium, Kamara’s team-mate Bongani Zungu can be heared relaying to the Rangers bench about Kudela’s alleged racial slur as both sets of players continued to clash.
The footage shows Kudela whispering into Kamara’s ear, with the midfielder immediately reacting and pointing to the centre-back – immediately walking over to confront the player before his team-mates become involved in tense discussions with their opponents.
South African international Zungu then backs away from the group bust-up and can be heard shouting ‘Hey, he said f***ing monkey’, to the dugout.
Tensions flared as both sides were involved in a bust-up following Kudela’s words to Kamara
Gers boss Steven Gerrard has thrown his backing behind Kamara and urged UEFA to act quickly and swiftly to come down hard on Kudela, who insists he ‘completely rejects racism’.
Speaking to the media after the game, as reported by Czech outlet Sport, Kudela said: ‘I told him “You’re a f***ing guy”.
‘It was said in emotions after two red cards and a series of brutal interventions by an opponent, but I completely reject racism.’
Kudela (R) was reportedly ‘attacked by fists and beaten in the tunnel’ after Kamara’s claims
Kudela has also received support from his club, with club president Jaroslav Tvrdik saying he wanted to see a ‘detailed investigation’ from UEFA.
‘Slavia categorically denies the fact that the player Ondrej Kudela racially (sic) insulted the players’ opponents in any way,’ he said in a Tweet.
‘Our player was physically attacked after the match. At the request of Slavia, the case was resolved by the local police. We would like to see a detailed investigation of the whole situation by UEFA.’
Gerrard urged the organisation not to ‘brush this under the carpet’ and said he ‘100 per cent believes’ his player over the accusations.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard urged UEFA to take swift and decisive against the Slavia player
‘First I’ll deal with the football side, we were beaten by the better team over the two legs.’ he said. ‘Congratulations to Slavia, they deserved it over the two games. In no way, shape or form do we sit here and be bad losers, coming out with excuses.
‘In terms of the other incident, I have to be very careful what I say. But you build relationships in football. I have a very, very strong relationship with Glen Kamara.
‘I 100 per cent believe what he is saying in terms of the accusation. Other players around him heard it so I will stand toe-to-toe with Glen Kamara and I’ll deal with this however Glen wants to deal with it.
‘I am proud of all my players, tonight showing solidarity and from the top of this club to the bottom we stand with the players. This situation is over to UEFA now. I just hope it doesn’t get brushed under the carpet.’