Following Slavia Prague player Ondřej Kúdela’s alleged racist comment towards a black player from the Scottish Rangers team, lawyers have now mobilized with the intent of kicking the Czech team out of the UEFA league.
Aamer Anwar, the lawyer representing Glen Kamara who accuses Kúdela of calling him a “f*cking monkey” during a scuffle on the field, wants Slavia Prague to be banned from UEFA for at least 2 years.
In an interview with Talksport, Anwar notes that Slavia Prague officials were forced to condemn their fans for posting a photo of themselves holding a banner that deployed racist and derogatory comments towards Kamara, but that it wasn’t enough to merely condemn it.
“Glen wants action to be taken and he’s tired of the tokenistic response of the authorities.”
“Slavia Prague have not apologised and on top of that they have turned around and said they are an anti-racism team… but we saw the actions of the fans over the weekend, horrific and grotesque banners with derogatory and racist remarks, they were then forced to condemn that. It’s just not good enough.”
“I’ll say this very clearly; black players have been saying for a very long time that they have had enough, UEFA is not up to scratch and they do not operate a zero-tolerance approach.”
Anwar says that non-white players need more than just armbands and slogans, they need real action to end racism. Here are some of the highlights:
“Black players and people of colour who watched this game don’t want just the tokenistic response, they don’t just want the back armbands or banners, they want real action to be taken on the ground.”
“UEFA up until now have made a great deal about wanting to kick racism out of football and Show Racism the Red Card, and what we’re saying is that it’s time to stop the tokenism and take a zero tolerance approach.”
“UEFA’s response sadly seems to be that they’ll wear armbands and fly banners but when it comes to the nitty-gritty they don’t actually deliver.”