West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek has insisted he ‘stands towards all types of racism’ after coming beneath fireplace for labelling Ondrej Kudela’s racism ban ‘absurd’.
Kudela hoped to signify the Czech Republic at Euro 2020 this summer time, however has missed out after being discovered responsible of racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara throughout a Europa League conflict in March.
UEFA’s Controls, Ethics and Disciplinary Physique threw out his enchantment and upheld their unique ten-match ban.
On Friday, Soucek defended the Slavia Prague participant by labelling the ban ‘absurd’ and insisting he is aware of ‘him so nicely that I can’t think about him saying something racist.”
The Hammers midfielder advised iDNES: “At West Ham, everybody requested me about it and why he mentioned it [to Kamara].
“And I fought for Ondrej on a regular basis. I consider that he didn’t inform him something racist, no-one proved something about him.
“But lots of people within the UK condemned him and he obtained a heavy sentence of 10 matches from UEFA. I discovered it absurd. I do know him so nicely that I can’t think about him saying something racist….”
Nonetheless, Soucek moved to elucidate his feedback afterward Friday and insisted his phrases have been ‘taken out of context’.
In a press release on Twitter, Soucek wrote: “My feedback in a current interview I did within the Czech Republic didn’t come throughout how I meant them, they had been out of context and have been misunderstood.
“I’m towards racism in any kind and am proud to play in a sport that’s so various and inclusive.”
Earlier on Friday, Scotland gamers revealed they’ll ‘stand as much as racism’ at Euro 2020 moderately than take the knee earlier than matches.
The squad switched to standing for the beginning of their World Cup qualifying marketing campaign in March after head coach Steve Clarke claimed the knee gesture had turn into ‘possibly a bit bit diluted’.
The transfer adopted a number of Scottish Premiership golf equipment switching gestures in a bid to bolster the anti-racism message.
A press release from the Scottish Soccer Affiliation learn: “The squad, teaching workers and backroom members will stand as much as racism forward of the Group D matches towards Czech Republic, England and Croatia.”
Captain Andy Robertson added: “It will be important we proceed to sort out the problem of racism and lift consciousness of the necessity to change individuals’s mindsets but in addition their behaviours.
“Previous to our World Cup qualifiers in March we spoke as a gaggle and felt that taking a stand was the easiest way for us to indicate solidarity and in addition to bolster the necessity for significant change in society.”