Danny Mills has called on Slavia Prague player Ondrej Kudela to be given a 10-match ban and fined two months wages if he is found guilty of racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Leeds United defender insisted the only way to eradicate racism is to give those found guilty harsh punishments.
Kudela is alleged to have racially abused Kamara late on in Slavia’s 2-0 win at Ibrox on Thursday night.
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Rangers released a statement on Friday morning insisting Kamara will not become another statistic and that the incident had been reported to Uefa.
Uefa also released a statement saying they “were aware of an incident which occurred in the tunnel after the end of the match and which involved some players of both teams.”
Asked what should happen if Kudela is proven guilty of racially abusing Kamara, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “If he’s proven, it’s a lengthy ban. End of.
“It’s the only way to eradicate it. That’s what we’ve always got to remember, if there are no sanctions, if there are no punishments, if there are no consequences then what stops anybody doing it?
“The consequences have to be harsh and they have to be a warning to other people to say ‘If you do this, you will get a 10-match ban.’
“If you are found guilty of racial abuse, it’s a 10-match ban. End of.
“People will start to think twice when the club go ‘you know what we’ll stop your wages for two months.’ It doesn’t matter if that’s £5,000 or £500,000, it’s going to hurt.
“It’s all going to come down to proof. Hopefully, other players have heard it or officials have heard it or it’s picked up on camera because if not you have to go back to the justice system of innocent until proven guilty.”