Defiant Bobby Zlamal reignites Rangers line of racism as ex-Hearts man pushes back chance of pro-Ondrej Kudela apology
Goalkeeper Bobby Zlamal doubled down on a bizarre Rangers dig as he continued his defense of Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela.
The sniper, who spent time on loan last season with Hearts’ St Mirren and St Johnstone, had previously claimed the Ibrox side used the incident to “cover up their shortcomings”.
Zlamal revealed that he was asked to apologize for the comments, but snubbed the opportunity by insisting he had nothing to apologize for.
Shame Kudela will miss Scotland’s Euro 2020 clash with the Czech Republic after receiving a 10-game suspension for whispering a vile insult to midfielder Glen Kamara in the last 16 Europa League clashes.
Zlamal said in an interview with ČTK ahead of the Hampden showdown: “Here (in Scotland) the case still resonates and is being resolved, especially with Rangers fans.
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“I also had a little problem with this, as I expressed my opinion in the Czech media. The Scottish newspapers picked it up and interpreted it in their own way, and I was advised to apologize .
“But I stand by my statement and see nothing I should apologize for.
“I absolutely disagree with racism and I oppose any racist behavior.
“In Kudela’s case, however, the presumption of innocence, which is one of the main pillars of the Western world, must be respected.
“No one can accuse Ondrej of something that only the two of them know about Kamara.
“Anyone could come up with any charge. If he said something racist to him, let’s give him the ultimate punishment. But there’s no evidence here and I don’t know what he was tried on. , they gave him a ten-game suspension. “
The former Sparta Prague goalkeeper previously revealed a very different take on the incident to his teammates in Tynecastle’s dressing room as the debate between the players raged after the vile incident.
He said: “Only racism was discussed. They saw it differently than I did. The topic was pretty hot and explosive, now it’s calmer.
“No one in Scotland talked about tackling, only racism. I explained how the game went. Aggressive football is the norm for the Scots, but it went too far.
“Racism was great for Rangers because it covered all their gaps as Slavia beat them. Rangers players are certainly not saints.”