Veteran goalkeeper Bobby Zlamal was given a small fine by Scottish club Hearts and told to apologize after using an interview to defend Kudela, the Sparta Prague defender at the center of a scandal when Slavia Prague traveled to Glasgow to face Rangers earlier this year.
Glen Kamara, Rangers’ Finland international, reacted furiously after Kudela said something in his ear, and the center-back was subsequently banned for ten UEFA matches amid sporting and political uproar.
Having retired at the end of last season, Zlamal has now taken a new swipe at Rangers, insisting that they were “exaggerating” about the incident and claiming that their approach has only stirred up ill feeling.
“I did not apologize – I had nothing to do,” the nomad of 16 clubs during his well-traveled career told Idnes.
“I stand behind it. I didn’t say anything wrong. If someone calls me a racist, it offends me. I don’t even want to talk about it.
“I don’t think I stood up for Ondrej. I just said, ‘There’s no proof.’ Allegations against allegations. I said the presumption of innocence should be honored.
Zlamal is not intelligent enough to be called an idiot..He is fuelling a fire that no size of blanket can smother…His comments to blame Kamara who was actually abused are absolutely abhorrent..disgraceful comments. #kickitout
Bobby Zlamal should be stripped of all his 53 appearances for Hearts. Walloper. Man is clearly trying to get himself a career in the media over in the Czech Republic
“You can’t convict someone without evidence. It happens in some places in the Middle East, but not in the western world. “
Kudela’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was rejected and campaigns against racism in sport are ongoing, but Zlamal says that Rangers are dealing with “their problem” rather than an issue that is prevalent in the Czech Republic.
“They are trying to compensate for the way they treated immigrants years ago,” he argued. “But they do it the wrong way. Now there is total hyper-correctness – everyone is afraid to say their opinion.
This racism denier has picked his choice and burned his bridges and is not welcome back.
He didn´t blame Kamara of anything. He was just saying how crazy that is to be fined just for showing own opinion. And he is right about that. But never said anything against Kamara himself.
“Here [in the Czech Republic], society still seems to. Brinkwire Summary News. For more information, search on the internet.