David Ornstein urges points punishment for Sparta Prague after racism v Rangers
David Ornstein has shared his dismay at the crowd scenes during Sparta Prague’s 1-0 win over Rangers on Thursday night.
Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara was audibly booed with every touch during the clash in the Czech Republic, a Europa League group game that came just six months after he was racially abused by Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela.
Sparta were supposed to be serving a stadium closure owing to the racism Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni suffered at the hands of their supporters in August, but UEFA downgraded their ban to allow 10,000 kids to attend last night [The Athletic].
Appearing on Sky Sports after Thursday’s events in Prague, in a video posted via Football Daily on Twitter, The Athletic’s Ornstein called for strong action against Sparta.
“It’s utterly depressing and it all comes down to the authorities to punish these people who are clearly not learning from the warnings and deterrents,” he said.
“It may never stop but until there is genuinely meaningful action, which is sustained stadium bans and financial and points punishments where it actually hits these teams where it hurts, then we won’t have any progress.”
Ornstein, like many of his journalist counterparts and pundits, has perfectly elocuted what many of us are thinking.
Scenes of the nature that we saw in Prague last night just should not be allowed to exist. It’s a disgrace to football and society.
Kamara has already suffered at the hands of a Czech club this year, and he’s had to go through the ordeal again.
This isn’t an issue that just lies with Czech sides – there are big issues over on these shores as well – but what we’ve witnessed in recent times is blatant racism that UEFA needs to deal with in the strongest terms.
Big sanctions need to be meted out, otherwise how else will this stop?
Over to you, UEFA.