The second leg fixture between Slavia Prague and the Rangers was marred by a huge controversy as Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara accused Slavia Prague's defender Ondrej Kudela of racial abuse. The UEFA was immediately into action and handed Kudela a one match provisional ban, which post investigation has been converted into a ten-game suspension. The ban has ruled him out of the Czech Republic’s fixtures in the European Championship this year.
The development was confirmed in a statement released by UEFA
“Following an investigation conducted by a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector regarding the incidents that occurred during the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Rangers FC and SK Slavia Praha on 18 March 2021, and the subsequent proceedings opened against Mr. Ondřej Kúdela and Mr. Glen Kamara, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has taken the following decisions:
- To suspend SK Slavia Praha player, Mr. Ondřej Kúdela, for the next ten (10) UEFA club and representative team competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible to play, for racist behaviour, which includes the one-match provisional suspension served by the player during SK Slavia Praha’s 2020/21 UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg match against Arsenal FC on 8 April 2021.
The UEFA has also handed a three-game ban to Glen Kamara for assaulting another player inside the tunnel after the match. Kudela’s ban will start from the club’s quarter-final fixture against Arsenal in the Europa League.
- To suspend Rangers FC player, Mr. Glen Kamara, for three (3) UEFA club competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible to play, for assaulting another player.”