Mark Hateley: Glen Kamara shouldn't have been sent off against Sparta
Glen Kamara was sent off as Rangers suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Finland international midfielder was booked in the first-half for a foul on Michal Sacek, and while it was deserved, his second booking was questionable.
Kamara was adjudged to have elbowed Sacek, but it did not look so as there was minimal contact.
However, the Sparta star made most of the touch, and the referee decided it was too harsh a challenge, producing a second yellow card and showing the Bears ace his marching orders.
Former Rangers striker Mark Hateley was not pleased with the decision, insisting the midfielder should never have been sent off.
He said on BBC Sportsound during the game: “It’s nothing. It’s not an elbow.
“His face has gone to Kamara’s hand.”
Kamara was being booed by the kids in the stadium and his return to the Czech Republic could not have gone any worse following the unfair decision from the ref.
The Rangers ace would have been left wondering why he is always having bad luck playing in the country, and the result would not have pleased him either.
While the sending off was late into the game, the visitors would have fancied their chances of leaving with a point had they finished the game with 11 men.
Kamara will miss the next group game against Brondby, and that is a blow for a side that has been plagued by injuries and coronavirus since the beginning of the new campaign.
While finishing with 11 men would have been good for Rangers, they cannot use it as an excuse as they did nothing tangible for 74 minutes before going down to 10 men.
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