Noel Whelan has claimed Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela “knew what he was doing” amid allegations of racist abuse in the win over Rangers.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted it would be hard to prove the claims made against the Czech defender after he covered his mouth during the incident.
Speaking after the game, Steven Gerrard confirmed Kamara had accused the Slavia centre-back of using racist language towards him.
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The Czech defender appeared to cover his mouth and make a comment to the Rangers star which resulted in the unsavoury scenes at Ibrox.
Speaking at his press conference, Gerrard questioned why Kudela had chosen to raise his hand over his mouth.
Whelan suggested the 33-year-old’s actions proved he knew what he was doing and suggested, “on the balance of probability” an abusive comment had been made.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Just disgusting. You can see the rage on his face and on Connor Goldson’s face as well. They ran half the pitch across to him.
“It doesn’t look great, something’s obviously been said along those lines, and FIFA or UEFA have to get involved. It’s as simple as that. If we’re going to stick by kicking racism out of our game, there’s got to be punishment.
“I don’t know where they’re going to get any kind of clue from what he said, because you can’t see, you can’t lip-read it. He knew what he was doing.
“It doesn’t look great. I think the balance of probability is that there’s a racist comment made by him. There’s no place for it, there’s just no place for it.
“We don’t want to see it, they won the football match, why do you need to go down that route? Be better, be the better person, be a better role model.”