The Czech Republic team has “absolutely no animosity” towards Scotland, its first Euro opponents on Monday in Glasgow, after the suspension of its Defender Ondrej Kudela following a Europa League game between Slavia and Rangers. Kudela is absent from the Euro after receiving a ten European club and selection suspension for “racist behavior” in a C3 round of 16 in March. “There is absolutely no animosity on our part, and I believe that tomorrow’s game (Monday) will be fair play, a pure spectacle that the public will appreciate,” said on Sunday. Czech coach Jaroslav Silhavy.

After the Europa League return leg on March 18, Finland’s Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara claimed that Kudela had slipped a racist insult into his ear. He himself had been suspended for three matches for assaulting the 34-year-old Czech in the tunnel after the final whistle. The affair had become political in the Czech Republic: while the boss of Slavia had apologized to Kamara, the president’s chief of staff had criticized UEFA in a letter, he reproaching a “ridiculous bow to silly tendencies”. Scotland and the Czech Republic meet on Monday (3:00 p.m.) in Glasgow in Group D, which saw England beat Croatia (1-0) on Sunday.

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