GLASGOW, Scotland – Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara has accused Slavia Prague opponents of “willful and premeditated” racial abuse and defender Ondrej Kedela dismissed denial as an “outright lie”

Kamara issued a statement late Friday after UEFA announced it would investigate incidents from the Europa League game between Rangers and Slavia Prague on Thursday, the Czech team want Scottish police to conduct a suspected physical attack after the game examined for Kudela

Late in Slavia’s 2-0 win, Kudela covered his mouth with both hands and said something to Kamara during a break in the game

Kamara, the black woman, said it was racist language audible to a teammate nearby. Kudela admitted abusing the 25-year-old Finnish player but denied any racist abuse

“I was shocked and appalled to hear such racist abuse from a professional soccer player,” Kamara said in a statement released by his attorney

“The heinous racist abuse by Ondrej (Kudela) took place on the international stage and any failure by UEFA is seen as a green light to racism,” he said

Kamara said, “He told me to shut up and then said” one second my friend “before approaching the racist remark and allegedly making it. He described Kudela’s actions as” deliberate and willful “”

Slavia denied the allegations, claiming that Kamara beat 33-year-old Kudela after the game because the Czech team was “not allowed to enter the dressing room” at the Ibrox Stadium

“Slavia firmly denies the disgusting allegation of one of the team captains Ondrej Kudela of racist behavior,” the team said in a statement on Friday

“It was said in emotion, but I absolutely deny that there was anything racist in those words,” said Kudela as part of the team’s statement

Kudela’s explanation, said Kamara, is an “outright lie that does not stand up to any scrutiny””

The Czech team reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League 3-1 and meet Arsenal

Slavia said it had filed a criminal complaint with the Scottish Police for assaulting Kudela despite not identifying any Rangers players

“The attack was brutal and carried out with full force to injure our player and cause physical damage,” the team said late Friday

UEFA opened an investigation on Friday and appointed a disciplinary inspector to gather evidence after previously saying it was awaiting reports from the match officers

“Further information on this investigation will be made available in due course,” said a UEFA statement

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