Rangers Super Fans debate Kemar Roofe's four-match UEFA ban
This is part of a regular series from our panel of Rangers Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Ibrox.
Kemar Roofe’s UEFA ban flew slightly under the radar on Wednesday given the racism row incident but it’s still left a sour taste among Rangers fans.
UEFA issued a 10-match ban to Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela for racially abusing Glen Kamara on March 18 while the Finnish international is set to miss a trio of games after being found guilty of an assault. [Sky Sports]
The racial taunting from Kudela and Kamara’s reaction were the main sources of controversy from that fateful night but Roofe caused quite the stir on his own.
The 28-year-old was sent off for leaving his mark on Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, who was forced off the field after Roofe’s boot collided with his head.
UEFA have taken umbrage with the foul and weren’t prepared to leave it to the normal regulatory procedures that pertain to a straight dismissal.
Instead they delivered him with a four-match ban, just less than half of the remaining nine games Kudela has left of his suspension after already missing Slavia’s clash with Arsenal last week.
We asked our panel of Ibrox News Super Fans for their reaction…
Barry Ittenson (@BarrySt21172515)
The Gers fanbase, and most of football, are unanimous on the Kamara and Kudela incident.
They think Kamara has been victimised and Kudela has got away with one, but the conclusion on Roofe’s ban is a bit more blurred.
The general consensus is that the foul happened in the thick of the action and Roofe should accept a normal red card punishment.
But there are some that position themselves on the other side of the divide and think the four-game suspension is fair and just.
We would side with the former in that it was an honest challenge that just went horribly awry.
But it’s the length of Kudela’s ban in comparison that really leaves us stewing as with Slavia still in Europe and his national side Czech Republic in this summer’s European Championships, he could return to UEFA action sooner than Roofe.
Now that is unfair.
In other Rangers news, our Super Fans give their verdict on the UEFA bans dished out to Ondrej Kudela and Glen Kamara.