Ondrej Kolar of Slavia Prague was a victim of the brutal Europa League match between the club from the Czech Republic and Scottish side, Rangers. The 26-year-old Czech Republic goalkeeper was brutally injured by Rangers’ forward Kemar Roofe.
In the match which ended 2-0 in favor of Slavia Prague at the Ibrox Stadium in Scotland, Kemar was trying to score a goal while the goalkeeper was trying to defend against the attack. Kemar who was very desperate to score a goal for Rangers decided to go all out and then landed his leg on the face of Ondrej Kolar.
After the incident, the goalkeeper landed on the pitch with injured face. The injury was so brutal that Slavia Prague’s medical team spent minutes on the pitch to patch up his face.
Based on images that emanated after the game, Ondrej Kolar’s face was covered with cuts from the injury Kemar inflicted on him. He had to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher for further treatment.
Afterward, the goalkeeper was seen on the bench with plastered face. Immediately Ondrej Kolar was injured by Kemar, the Rangers forward was given a straight red card.
Despite the absence of Slavia Prague’s first-choice goalkeeper in the remaining minutes of the game, Rangers were not able to score a goal. Rather, things became worse for the Scottish side as the club’s defender Leon Balogun was red-carded in the 73rd minute.
The fact that Rangers were left with two men short aided Slavia Prague to score the second goal of the match which ended Rangers journey in the Europa League 3-1 on aggregate.
Besides the injury that was inflicted on Ondrej Kolar, another controversy that emanated from the game was Rangers’ accusation that Slavia’s Ondrej Kudela racially abused Glen Kamara.
The allegation resulted in a scramble at the end of the match and Kudela was allegedly beaten by some members of Rangers team.
But a statement issued by Slavia Prague after the game stressed that Kudela did not racially abuse Rangers’ player. Instead, the club accused Rangers of an “unprecedented malicious play”.
“The club denies the allegations of racism of one of the team captains Ondrej Kudela”, the club statement said.
“Slavia resolutely denies the disgusting accusation of one of the team captains Ondrej Kudela of racist behavior…
“Slavia players faced an unprecedentedly malicious play from their opponents. They have never experienced such play in any game they participated in the modern history of the European competitions.”