Tomas Soucek, believes his recent statements to the press over Ondrej Kudela’s suspension for racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara during a Europa League match in March have been misinterpreted.
Kudela had hoped to play for the Czech Republic in the Euros this summer, but UEFA’s Controls, Ethics and Disciplinary Body rejected his appeal and enforced the original ten-match ban.
Naturally, it’s still a topic of discussion, and Soucek, who also represents the Czech Republic, was asked for his opinions on the subject.
The Daily Mail quoted him as saying, “I fought for Ondrej all the time. I believe that he did not tell him anything racist, no one proved anything about him.
“Yet a lot of people in the UK condemned him and he received a heavy sentence of ten matches from UEFA. I found it absurd. I know him so well that I can’t imagine him saying anything racist.
“Of course, it’s right they [people in the UK] want to fight racism, but sometimes they go to such extremes that, in my opinion, it’s counterproductive.”
His comments sparked anger on social media, and he was called out on it by some well-known journalists.
He subsequently rushed to Twitter to apologize for his behavior, claiming that he was misunderstood.
Soucek said, “My comments in a recent interview I did in the Czech Republic didn’t come across how I meant them, they were out of context and have been misunderstood.
“I am against racism in any form and am proud to play in a sport that is so diverse and inclusive.”
The Hammers have been tipped to intervene, albeit their plans for this week may have changed as a result of this announcement.
Soucek may not have meant any harm, but he has made a mistake and will correct it.