West Ham United star Vladimir Coufal has backed controversial teammate Ondrej Kudela after the unsavoury scenes against Rangers earlier this month.
Coufal has been a revelation since signing for West Ham in the summer transfer window.
The 28-year-old has quickly established himself as one of the finest right-backs in the Premier League during West Ham’s hugely impressive campaign.
West Ham hero Vlad put on the spot over international teammate
Coufal has made a name for himself by pocketing some of the best attackers in the top flight.
The likes of Jack Grealish have even switched wings against West Ham to steer clear of him.
But the Sky Sports cameras weren’t steering clear of the West Ham star as he prepares to face Wales for the Czech Republic tonight.
And the big question put to Coufal was about the presence of Kudela in the Czech squad.
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The West Ham man’s former Slavia Prague teammate was accused of racially abusing Rangers star Glen Kamara in the Europa League last-16 tie at Ibrox earlier this month.
When Coufal was put on the spot about Kudela by Sky Sports, the Hammer of the Year contender backed his international teammate. But he refused to comment on the controversial incident directly.
“Of course, everyone from the Czech team stands by Ondrej and everyone is glad that he is here,” Coufal told Sky Sports.
“He is an important part of our squad.
“Other things that happened, I can’t comment on.
“I think Ondrej is happy he could be here. He is a big professional and for him, it’s no problem.”
Public backing could raise eyebrows but Hammers star was put in difficult situation by interviewer
Coufal’s public backing of Kudela could raise eyebrows in some quarters given the seriousness of the allegations.
But he was put in a difficult situation by the interviewer.
Ironically West Ham have been linked with pre-season friendly matches against both Rangers and Slavia Prague over the last year.
Last year West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh claimed the Hammers were looking to arrange a friendly against Rangers – which later succumbed to the Covid pandemic.
Claret & Hugh has also this week reported on potential plans for a charity inspired friendly with Slavia Prague.