Ondřej Kúdela isn’t a name many of us will forget, following that night at Ibrox. That night still reverberates around Europe as a seismic sea-change for the fight against racism, discrimination, and what does and doesn’t go on the football pitch, not to mention society.
UEFA, pathetic as always, dished a modest 10-match ban on the Czech defender, plus found Glen Kamara guilty of assault, despite no evidence to convict him.
However, fast-forward to present day.
Glen Kamara has become the toast of Europe, with ‘officially’ the best defensive midfield performance in the whole competition at the Euros. An excellent statistical display, as the Rangers man bossed midfield, and soared to the top of the charts in passing and the absolute top of the tree in interceptions.
The man’s value is anyone’s guess now and while Rangers will have to work hard to retain him, anyone signing him may seriously have to look into a £25M+ transfer fee.
He’s also managed to become a league winner, admittedly a week or so before that chaos, but still…
Meanwhile there’s Ondřej Kúdela. Where is he now? After the whole of Eastern Europe backed him up, what’s he achieved since that night?
He’s apologised ‘for saying something’ to Kamara, sadly still denying it was ever racist, and otherwise?
He’s taking his case to the Court of Arbitration in Sport. Besides that?
A pariah – certainly in the western world, a name synonymous with racism, a name which sums up the Eastern Bloc and its problems with black people.
He’s in good company in that part of the world, but in western Europe, not so much.
If this episode has a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’ it’s easy to see which one is which.
One of these guys’ careers is going sky high and he’s winning everything in sight, the other has vanished.
Racism just won’t ever win.