Slavia Prague refuse to take the knee and STAND instead before Europa League clash with Arsenal as the Czech side hit back amid investigation into banned Ondrej Kudela’s alleged racism towards Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara
- Arsenal hosted Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-final on Thursday
- The sides were split on taking the knee at kick-off, as the visitors stayed standing
- The Czech side were missing Ondrej Kudela, who was banned provisionally
- Kudela is alleged to have racially abused Rangers’ Glen Kamara in the last round
Slavia Prague’s player opted against taking the knee before kick-off of their Europa League clash with Arsenal on Thursday.
The Czech side are at the centre of an ongoing investigation into centre-back Ondrej Kudela, who is alleged to have racially abused Rangers’ Glen Kamara in their last-16 clash.
Arsenal’s players continued to take the knee, as the sides were split on the gesture.
Slavia Prague and Arsenal were split on taking the knee on Thursday in the Europa League
Arsenal’s players continued to take the knee ahead of the quarter-final clash at the Emirates
The Czech side remained standing while their defender, Ondrej Kudela, is under investigation
UEFA handed Kudela a one-match ‘provisional suspension’ for misconduct while they conclude their investigation, ruling him out of the Emirates clash.
The Czech player is alleged to have called Kamara a ‘f****** monkey’ as players pushed and shoved amid the fiery game, sparking a furious reaction from Steven Gerrard and his players.
The report has been concluded and is being discussed by UEFA’s disciplinary committee. A result is expecting to be published next week, and could be on the day of the return leg of the quarter-final tie in Prague.
Then provisional ban caused little effect on Slavia’s preparations, as the club had already announced the defender would miss the clash through illness and injury.
Glen Kamara was allegedly racially abused by the Czech defender in the clash with Rangers
Martin Keown called for social media boycotts to help combat the issue of racism in football
With Thierry Henry stepping off social media and the conversation rumbling on over how to combat racism in football, Martin Keown spoke on the topic pre-match.
‘We need to create change and for governments to be involved,’ the former Gunners defender said on BT Sport punditry duty.
‘I think we need to do it on a bigger scale and maybe the clubs need to come together to boycott Twitter in a mass campaign.
‘Individuals doing it is not having enough impact.’