The head of office for the Czech President has waded into the racism storm - by slamming UEFA for the 10-match ban handed out to Ondrej Kudela in a disturbing statement.

Kudela has been sidelined for 10 matches, effectively ruling him out of Slavia Prague's remaining Europa League matches and likely the entirety of Euro 2020, after he called Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara a "f****** monkey" in last month's Europa League tie.

That has prompted criticism from those determined to see racism stamped out of the game once and for all, including some who take the viewpoint that Kudela should be given an even longer ban while others feel Slavia deserve punishment as a club.

However, Vratislav Mynar - the Head of Office for President Milos Zeman - has blasted the fact any punishment has been handed out at all in a worrying address on a government website.

Mynar believes the allegations - proven by a UEFA investigation, while Police Scotland are now preparing to bring charges - were made only because Rangers had lost the Europa League tie.

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He also criticised the European governing body for "condemning a decent person" while lashing out at "positive discrimination" among other alarming arguments.

As part of an astonishing statement published on the official 'Prague Castle' website - where the office of the Czech President resides - Mynar wrote: "And the alleged racism? Penalty for 10 matches. I note that racism is unproven and alleged. The UEFA inspector himself questioned that Ondrej Kudela had made a racist statement.

"Nevertheless, you have decided on a completely unprecedented punishment for a player who did not harm anyone and only verbally - according to his statement - offended his opponent. You condemn a decent person without a single piece of evidence. You make it impossible for athletes to fulfil their dream in the European League.

Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman (L) touches the shoulder of his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
Milos Zeman, left, with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

"All this just to fulfil the perverted expectations of a small group of activists and a club unable to win on the field, all the more so by shouting empty and hurtful phrases about racism.

"In your submission, the fight against racism has become the fight of the unsuccessful against the successful, the pinnacle of hypocrisy, positive discrimination and embarrassing undermining with stupid trends.

"Your efforts can lead to the opposite, a situation where a person with a colour other than black will be discriminated against, oppressed and deprived of their rights. That is why I also consider it necessary to oppose this procedure.

"Although you're probably not used to it, let me tell you one thing. I very much appreciate the fact that the Czech public does not identify with your verdict, across the whole society. On the contrary, even if only for a short time, you have managed to unite ancient rivals. We will not kneel before you and no threats apply to the Czech football fan.

"The President of the Republic Milos Zeman is acquainted with the situation in detail and considers it important not only from the point of view of sport, but also from the point of view of justice and human dignity. It expresses belonging to all citizens of the Czech Republic who follow this case and are disappointed during it.

"At the same time, he wishes all players and fans not to be discouraged by the whole affair and to continue to support their team so valiantly."