Ondrej Kudela could have his 10-match ban for racially abusing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara increased if he lodges an appeal.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Scottish Sun reported that Kudela has been urged to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Slavia Prague defender was found guilty by Uefa after the last-16 Europa League tie in March.
Kamara himself was also handed a three-match ban by the governing body for his role in the confrontation.
Kenny predicts that Kudela could see his ban increased if he does indeed decide to take his appeal to CAS and loses.
“I don’t understand it for one minute,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“He’s been given 10 games for a reason. Why they’re appealing, I don’t know. It’s an absolute joke. It was lenient anyway, 10 games.
“They need to stamp down on it. If he does appeal, it might backfire and they might give him more games.
“He might get his comeuppance because it’s an absolute disgrace in this day and age. You just can’t be doing that.
“Uefa had a chance to put their foot down and they’ve failed. They always fail in these situations. It’s pathetic and embarrassing.”
Rangers took part in a week-long boycott of social media in the aftermath of the Kudela-Kamara incident.
The club also met with officials in Scotland to discuss how to combat racism in the game.