Slavia Prague files criminal complaint against Glasgow player after alleged assault

The Prague football team alleges that Glen Kamara attacked Ondřej Kúdela following a match on Thursday.

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Published on 20.03.2021 09:40 (updated on 21.03.2021)

Czech football team Slavia Prague has filed a criminal complaint against Glasgow Rangers player Glen Kamara for allegedly attacking Slavia's Ondřej Kúdela after a Europa League match in Glasgow on Thursday, the club says in a written statement released on its website.

The complaint was filed with Scottish police via the Czech Embassy in the United Kingdom.

"[The] physical assault on Ondřej Kúdela was a prepared and deliberate act which included covering cameras at the site of the incident," Slavia writes.

"The assault was brutal and carried out with full force with the intention to hurt and cause physical harm to our player."

After the match, Kúdela was assaulted by Kamara and punched in the head, Slavia says in the statement.

"Under the patronage and in the presence of the UEFA delegation, the coaches of both teams and Ondřej Kúdela and Glen Kamara met."

"After the arrival of Slavia representatives, Ondřej was physically abused by the player of Rangers FC who then fled into the locker rooms followed by manager Steven Gerrard without a single word of apology."

Kamara, born to a family of African heritage in Finland, says Kudela racially abused him shortly before the end of the match. The Glasgow club wants UEFA to deal with the abuse.

Slavia resolutely denies any racial abuse.

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"The modern Slavia is a fully multicultural team and even our hardcore fans wear jerseys of all players without exceptions." the club states.

After the two teams drew 1-1 in Prague, Slavia won 2-0 in Glasgow to advance to the quarterfinals against Arsenal.

With Glasgow losing 0-2, two of their players got a red card for aggressive play in the second half. Slavia goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář was kicked in the face and carted off the field on a stretcher.

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After another violent incident during play shortly before the end of the match, Kúdela went to Kamara and said something to him.

Kúdela admitted that he swore at Kamara, but denied any alleged racial abuse. Kamara said Kúdela covered his mouth during the racial abuse, which is evidence confirming it.

Slavia has stated that this is not evidence.

"The movement of Slavia players and management was unprecedentedly restricted after the game," Slavia said.

"The players and staff were protected by the Czech Embassy in London and local police. We would like to express our gratitude for their professionalism."

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