Rangers behaved “somewhat unusually” in Prague when they drew 1-1 with Slavia in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash, according to Seznam Zpravy.
The Czech news website claims “the Scots no longer behaved like gentlemen” after the first leg as players remained on the pitch for too long in their post-match cooldown.
It is understood this caused the quality of the pitch to suffer and when coach Jindřich Trpišovský asked them to leave, they ignored him, which prompted an angry response from Slavia chief Jaroslav Tvrdík, who eventually kicked the Gers players off.
Seznam Zpravy adds that “Gerrard did not behave like a sympathetic gentleman at all” as he refused to sign book when members of Slavia’s management approached him.
The report adds that “overall, Rangers were said to have behaved arrogantly and unfriendly in Prague”.
Yet more deflection
If this was the case, why are we only hearing about it now?
Why are we only hearing about how ‘Rangers are the bad guys’ after a Slavia Prague player was accused of racially abusing a Gers player in the second leg at Ibrox?
It reaks of deflection from the Czech Republic, where everyone seems to be trying to take the focus off the alleged racist incident between Ondrej Kudela and Glen Kamara.
Kemar Roofe was also racially abused on Instagram after the match, in which he was sent off for a horrible challenge on Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.
There’s simply no excuse for the abuse that these two Rangers players have endured whether it be in person on the pitch or through anonymous trolls on social media.
It’s utterly bizarre to read into how Slavia themselves have responded to this and the Czech press, who seem intent on painting Rangers’ players and Gerrard to be absolute monsters.
It must give off the impression in Prague that the alleged racist incidents were a valid response to what happened after the game in the first leg and during the second leg.
And that is absolutely abhorrent.