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 last month.
UEFA handed Kudela a one-match ‘provisional suspension’ for misconduct while they conclude their investigation, ruling him out of the Emirates clash – Arsenal’s players did decide to take the knee, which has been a constant since football returned post-lockdown back in June.
Slavia Prague and Arsenal were split on taking the knee on Thursday in the Europa League
Slavia Prague players remained standing while Arsenal’s players continued to take the knee
The Czech side remained standing while their defender, Ondrej Kudela, is under investigation for allegedly racially abusing Glen Kamara last month
The Czech player is alleged to have called Kamara a ‘f****** monkey’ as players pushed and shoved amid the fiery last-16 clash, 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 against Arsenal in Prague.
The 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.
On Wednesday, Kamara described facing a barrage of racist abuse on social media since his clash with Kudela.
Kamara was allegedly racially abused by the Czech defender in the clash with Rangers at Ibrox
Kamara told ITV News: ‘I haven’t paid much attention to what he (Kudela) has done after this whole incident, but I’ve seen their fans, how they’ve reacted, and I’ll get (racist) abuse probably every day on my Instagram.
‘Every day, easily – I’m not the one that get really affected by it, so I’m all right. But how the team has reacted and taken it, it’s sad to be honest.
‘I feel like I need to tell my story – the online messages I’ve been getting, the racial abuse online – Instagram, Twitter, everywhere else. I feel like as the victim, it needs to be said.’