Europa League: Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara says he was racially abused by Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela
Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara, who’s Black, informed supervisor Steven Gerrard that Ondrej Kudela uttered a racist comment to him within the closing moments of Slavia’s 2-0 victory at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
Glasgow: A participant for Scottish champion Rangers says he was racially abused by a Slavia Prague opponent late of their Europa League match in what the Czech crew claimed was offensive however not racial language.
Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara, who’s Black, informed supervisor Steven Gerrard that Ondrej Kudela uttered a racist comment to him within the closing moments of Slavia’s 2-0 victory at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on Thursday evening
Kudela approached Kamara throughout a stoppage in play, coated his mouth with each fingers and stated one thing into Kamara’s proper ear. The Rangers participant reacted by pointing at Kudela as each have been then separated.
“I do know Glen and I belief him 100% and this can be very disappointing,” Gerrard stated afterward. “One thing must occur rapidly, that’s above me, however 100% no matter occurs transferring ahead I stand subsequent to Glen Kamara.”
Gerrard, whose crew was eradicated with the second-leg loss within the spherical of 16, described the 25-year-old Kamara as being “devastated” by the incident.
“This can be a cool, calm child and it’s not him to accuse somebody of something. I belief Glen 100% with my life,” he stated of the Finnish participant.
Gerrard stated the matter is now in UEFA’s fingers “and I simply hope it doesn’t get brushed below the carpet.”
UEFA stated in an announcement on Friday that it’s “ready to obtain detailed studies of the match officers who have been current on the sport earlier than commenting additional.”
Slavia denied the allegations and claimed that Kamara assaulted Kudela after the sport because the Czech crew “was not allowed to enter the dressing room.”
“Slavia resolutely denies the disgusting accusation of one of many crew captains Ondrej Kudela of racist conduct,” the crew stated in an announcement early Friday.
Kudela, who’s white, acknowledges uttering an expletive however denied it was racial.
“It was stated in feelings, however I completely deny there was something racist in these phrases,” Kúdela stated as a part of the crew’s assertion.
The crew stated it was denied entry to the locker room instantly after the sport, and that Kamara threw punches on the 33-year-old defender.
“Ondrej Kudela was assaulted by participant Kamara and hit with fists within the head when Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard witnessed the incident,” the crew stated. “Even the UEFA representatives who have been additionally current on the location of the incident have been shocked by this conduct.”
UEFA added that it “is conscious of an incident which occurred within the tunnel after the top of the match and which concerned some gamers of each groups.”
Rangers ended the sport with 9 males. Rangers ahead Kemar Roofe was despatched off simply previous the hour mark after his cleat caught goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar within the face and head. Kolar left the sport and obtained 10 stitches.
Kamara had obtained a yellow card within the first half.
After the incident with Kamara, Kudela was proven a yellow card, as was Rangers defender Connor Goldson.
The Czech crew superior 3-1 on mixture to the quarter-finals.
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