Glen Kamara's lawyer shares text message sent to Rangers star after Sparta Prague controversy
Glen Kamara’s lawyer has blasted UEFA and the Czech Republic authorities after allegations of racism during Sparta Prague’s 1-0 win over Rangers on Thursday.
Aamer Anwar, who has represented the Finland international during his Slavia Prague ordeal earlier this year, when he was subjected to racial abuse by Ondrej Kudela, has once again aired his anger at the treatment his client has been subjected to after his every touch was booed in Prague last night.
Anwar was asked on Sky Sports whether he has spoken to Kamara since the Europa League clash, where the 25-year-old was dismissed for two yellow cards.
“Just very briefly by text message last night where I told him to keep his chin up,” Anwar said, as relayed by Sky Sports Scotland’s Twitter page.
“Glen is the utmost professional, knowing Glen he will just simply be wanting to move on from this incident and just get on with the game.”
He added: “That’s simply unacceptable, it’s deeply shameful and it’s time that the Czech authorities realise that they have a deep-rooted problem with racism and enough is enough.
“Let’s be blunt, they’re [UEFA] a disgrace. They failed to act on each and every occasion.”
The Gers midfielder may have been sent off against the Czech outfit, but he must be commended for keeping his head prior to his dismissal in the face of an intimidating crowd.
It may only have been 10,000 kids in the stands, but that doesn’t negate the issue at hand, that he is being booed for something of which he has no control, and shouldn’t have to deal with. Kamara hasn’t done anything to deserve this level of abuse.
Yes, footballers are always going to receive stick from rival supporters, but the root of this abuse is deeply uncomfortable, and it’s impossible to offer a valid excuse as to why Kamara and other black players received harsher boos than the rest of their teammates.
As Anwar alluded to in his interview, Kamara won’t be slamming doors down in response to this. He doesn’t seek attention, merely wanting to get on with football.
He just wants to play without the expectation of being targeted for the colour of his skin. And it should be as easy as that.