Czech journalist blasts BBC after Rangers star Glen Kamara is booed in Prague
Czech journalist Jiri Hosek has slammed BBC Sport for their headline about the booing of Rangers star Glen Kamara by young Sparta Prague fans on Thursday night.
Kamara – as well as other black Rangers players – were regularly booed by the home crowd, which was mainly made up of children aged 14 and under due to a UEFA-imposed stadium ban for racist abuse in a game against Monaco earlier this season.
After the game, BBC Sport ran a story with quotes from Steven Gerrard, who condemned the booing and called for “bigger and more extreme punishments in terms of racism”.
Hosek, who is deputy editor-in-chief of Czech news outlet Seznam Zpravy, hit out at BBC Sport’s headline after Rangers were defeated by Sparta Prague.
Writing via his personal Twitter account, Hosek said: “Poor piece of journalism by the BBC. Headline, ‘More needs to be done to tackle racism – Gerrard not surprised by Kamara booing,# suggests booing at Kamara is a matter [of] racism.
“How do you know?
“Not a single word about the incidents at Rangers – Slavia game.”
If their regular home fans are getting banned for racism, their players are getting banned for racism and their journalists are defending racism – what chance do the youngsters of the Czech Republic have?
If you cannot see that booing Kamara was an act of racism then you are blind, ignorant and just plain stupid.
It wasn’t just Kamara who was booed. Fashion Sakala, Joe Aribo and Rangers’ other black players were also subjected to boos. Did you hear any boos when Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Ianis Hagi had the ball? No, you didn’t.
Kamara was racially abused by Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela last season. Slavia Prague are Sparta Prague’s massive rival, yet Sparta fans put defending a player of their bitter rivals over racism.
Words cannot describe how disgusting this is.
Yet again, we’re seeing tweets and messages about how no one can prove that Kudela racially abused Kamara.
UEFA banned Kudela. Kamara and Bongani Zungu both heard what was said and reacted at the exact same time. How stupid do you have to be to sweep all of this under the carpet and make Kamara out to be the one in the wrong?
UEFA’s stance on racism is a complete and utter joke. Teams from the Czech Republic need to be banned from European competition until this issue is resolved because it’s not just Rangers players who are being subjected to this disgraceful attitude of football fans in that country.
In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist was baffled by what he saw James Tavernier do in the Sparta Prague game.