Kick It Out ambassador Clarke Carlisle has criticised Glen Kamara for his alleged response to Ondrej Kudela during Rangers versus Slavia Prague at Ibrox.
Gers midfielder Kamara claimed that the 34-year-old Slavia defender racially abused him during the second-leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie on March 18, though the Czech side fired back and denied this while making claims that Kudela was attacked [BBC].
Carlisle, ambassador of the anti-racism group Kick It Out, told Record Sport that racial abuse does not absolve Kamara of blame, if he is proven to have been involved in a physical altercation.
“Whether it is Glen Kamara or anyone else, you can’t condone physical reaction and violence,” he said.
“Of course it can be understood – I can understand it as a black man who has been racially abused – and I can understand the deep-rooted anger that is felt when incidents like this happen.”
He added: “It’s not about comparing ‘A’ with ‘B’ so if Glen has attacked the Slavia Prague player – and he hasn’t been found guilty yet – then that is another event that is unacceptable.”
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Is this a helpful comment from Carlisle?
Like the former Burnley and England U21 defender, we do not wish to condone violence either but we’re not sure voicing this opinion adds much to the current discourse on racism in football.
An alleged scuffle in the tunnel is the least of the problems that amounted from that second-leg tie at Ibrox.
Kamara’s racism claim was the one and only important take home from that night and that is the one that should be discussed before anything else.
Of course UEFA will have to investigate Slavia’s complaint on Kamara but the first and most serious one from Kamara should be first on their agenda to sort.
Once that is complete then a more rounded view can be taken of any ‘violence’ afterwards.
Kamara needs support right now, not to be vilified for any alleged reactions after being the victim of racial slurs.
Carlisle’s intentions may have been pure but we think they’re unhelpful in the bigger conversation.
In other Rangers news, Glen Kamara admits one regret from clash v Slavia at Ibrox.