An insensitive remark has spiked issues in the UEFA football league as Slavia Prague player Ondřej Kúdela is accused of telling Glen Kamara, a black Sierra Leonian descent, that he’s a monkey.
In a match between Slavia Prague and the Rangers, Czech fans accused their Scottish opponents of playing dirty and “violently” the entire time during a 2-0 victory for Slavia. CNN Prima put together a compilation of the controversial fouls from the Rangers.
Kemar Roofe, a Ranger, struck the Slavia goalkeeper with a questionably high foot, sending him off the field in a stretcher. It’s not clear whether it was intentional or not, but for Slavia Prague players, this was the final straw in what they saw as a string of unsportsmanlike conduct.
A scuffle between the two teams ensued and the video shows Kúdela saying something into Kamara’s ear, before Kamara and other black players begin getting quite animated with anger.
Bongani Zungu, another player on the Scottish team, can be seen walking toward the referee adamantly saying, “Hey! He said fucking monkey!”
Kamara is accused by Slavia of punching Ondřej Kúdela in the face after the game. Kamara then tweeted out a statement titled “Enough is enough” where he alleges that Kúdela said “You are a fucking monkey. You know you are.” He also urged UEFA to adopt a no-tolerance rule policy towards racism.
“I am shocked and horrified to hear such racist abuse from a professional football player. Kudela’s claim that he simply swore at me ‘You’re a fucking guy’ is a complete and utter lie which does not stand up in the face of scrutiny.”