UEFA need to increase the maximum ban for a player found guilty of racism after Ondrej Kudela was handed a 10-game suspension for “racist behaviour” towards Glen Kamara of Rangers.
That is the view of former Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after UEFA delivered their verdict earlier this week.
Kudela has been handed a 10-match ban while Kamara has been given a three-game suspension for assaulting the Slavia Prague defender in the tunnel.
Rangers “welcome” Kudela’s punishment which they insist has vindicated the Finn’s evidence.
Asked for his assessment of UEFA’s verdict, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley; “It’s absolutely ridiculous and he’s been found guilty.
“Yes, people can say ‘10 games is not long enough.’ But that’s in the rules. That’s the maximum ban, 10 games.
“Should it be longer? Quite possibly and quite probably longer. But that’s the maximum.
“It’s no different to when you go to court and you’ve broken the law. The judge can’t suddenly say ‘This law’s in place but I’m going to increase the sentence because I feel like it and I think it deserves more.’
“What more can UEFA do in that situation? Either they change the laws and change the rules. Obviously, that takes time and buy-in from everybody but that shouldn’t be a problem if we’re talking about racism.
“That’s what it is and I see it from that side.”
Kudela’s ban has been backdated to Slavia’s Europa League quarter-final first-leg against Arsenal when he was given a provisional suspension.
The 34-year-old reiterated his innocence in the wake of UEFA’s verdict.