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Glen Kamara: Rangers to lodge official complaint over ‘racist’ booing at midfielder

The Finnish midfielder alleged he’d been racially abused by Slavia Prague defender Ondřej Kúdela in March and Kúdela acquired a 10-match ban from UEFA. He missed out on enjoying in Euro 2020 for the Czech Republic because of this.

When Rangers returned to Prague for this match, the group began loudly booing when Black gamers, specifically Kamara, touched the ball.

Sparta’s Letna Stadium was supposed to be closed to followers for this match after UEFA sanctioned the membership when followers directed racist chants at Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni.

However, UEFA allowed greater than 10,000 youngsters to attend Thursday’s match with some accompanying adults.

The 25-year-old was despatched off within the 74th minute.

Sparta Prague fans watch Kamara during the two teams' Europa League match.
Gerrard said after the match that — whereas he didn’t hear the booing throughout the match when Kamara touched the ball — he was “not shocked.”

“If that is the case and that’s the reality, it is clearly very disappointing. But I’m not shocked as a result of we’re enjoying behind closed doorways, apparently, for a motive and it isn’t the primary time there’s been points at this place,” Gerrard advised BT Sport.

The former Liverpool and England worldwide additionally said soccer’s governing our bodies want to do extra to fight racism and discrimination.

“The powers that be do not do sufficient. Tonight, the punishment was meant to be a effective and behind closed doorways the place you do not play in entrance of any folks,” he stated.

“OK, there’s children at the sport and kids, I perceive that, but it surely’s close to sufficient a full home so they are not getting punished enjoying a recreation behind closed doorways. That’s not the explanation why we have misplaced the sport however my opinion is if you happen to’re going to effective somebody and punish them, go along with the complete punishment. Empty stadium and a effective and extra.”

Gerrard confirmed at his Friday press convention that is he had watched again the footage and Rangers will write to UEFA to complain.

“I’m totally conscious now having watched the sport again with audio on. I’m truly shocked that I wasn’t conscious of it throughout the recreation. I’ve spoken to Glen Kamara. That dialog will stay personal. Glen’s OK … I’m certain he is upset similar to myself,” he defined.

“Now, I feel it is time for the authorities and membership to step in and take that away from us so we are able to deal with the sport on Sunday … These issues hold elevating their head far too typically and, sadly, the punishments aren’t sufficient.

“I’ve been advised that Rangers will take it up with UEFA. I feel that is already occurred. The wheels are already in movement. I’ll definitely be pushing in my route to make it possible for’s the case.”

Sparta Prague replied to the allegations of racism with a robust assertion titled: “Stop abusing our youngsters!”

“It is totally unbelievable that after a match we have now to watch harmless youngsters being attacked and face unfounded accusations of racism. Insulting youngsters on the web and within the media is unacceptable, determined and ridiculous,” it stated.

“We are seeing unprecedented xenophobic statements towards the Czech Republic, its residents and even its youngsters on the social medias,” it continued. “You are describing the behaviour of kids incorrectly, arrogating to your self the precise to choose the expression of feelings of six-year-old youngsters who do not know what racism is. It’s an impertinence.”

CNN has reached out to UEFA for remark.

Kamara receives a red card against Sparta Prague.
Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek tweeted that he’d converse to the British ambassador concerning the state of affairs.

“That’s sufficient! Disgusting insults of Czech youngsters within the media and on-line do not have a spot in soccer, and undoubtedly do not have a spot within the good relationship between [the UK and the Czech Republic]. I’ll summon the British ambassador on Monday to focus on the state of affairs.”

Aamer Anwar, Kamara’s lawyer, criticized Sparta Prague, saying in a press release to Sky Sports News: “I had hoped once I heard of the stadium closure of Sparta Prague that each Glen and different Black gamers would not have to put up with any abuse or racism and will simply get on with enjoying soccer.

“But this night ought to be a humiliation for the Czech facet that, regardless of their followers being banned, it nonetheless made little distinction that the stadium was crammed with 10,000 schoolchildren.

“An enormous proportion of these youngsters booed Glen’s each contact of the ball together with each different Black participant for Rangers. Tonight reveals but once more that Prague has a major problem with racism and as ordinary UEFA is nowhere to be seen.

“Glen and the Rangers gamers have proven complete class, however no participant ought to have to face this at their work and on the European stage.”

Aleks Klosok contributed to this report.

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