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Racism: Ex- Scotland star, Iwelumo says Kudela’s 10-match ban is laughable

Former Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo has described Ondrej Kudela’s 10-man ban as “laughable” and called for lifetime bans to be issued to players found guilty of racial abuse.

Slavia Prague defender Kudela was handed the suspension by UEFA for “racist behaviour” towards Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara, who will serve a three-game suspension.

Kamara said he was racially abused by Kudela during the second leg of Rangers’ Europa League last-16 tie against Slavia at Ibrox on March 18. Kudela insisted he swore at a Rangers player after being fouled but denied using racist language.

Iwelumo, a Show Racism the Red Card ambassador, told Sky Sports News that UEFA had the chance to set a precedent with a stricter punishment.

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“I’m disappointed,” Iwelumo said. “I think UEFA had the opportunity to set the bar and say there’s no tolerance for racism in football. The bare minimum? Come on, it’s becoming laughable now. Time and time again, UEFA have a chance to set a precedent, the sanctions are going to be harsh, and eradicate it from the game.

“We understand racism is a society problem, but football are going to be judged on these incidents. Kamara has got a three-game ban for how he’s reacted, Kudela has a 10-match ban for being found guilty, but we’re yet to see the transcripts of what he’s been found guilty of.

“For me it should be a minimum of a year ban, to a lifetime ban. Let’s eradicate it from the game. Trust me, it was a calculated thing Kudela has done, he covered his mouth and went over to Kamara. He’s been found guilty of something if he has a 10-game ban, so I’m saying let the sanctions be harsh.”

The centre-back had been provisionally suspended for one match as UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings, which ruled him out of his side’s 1-1 draw at Arsenal last week.

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