Neil Lennon blasts UEFA for allowing fans in for Rangers v Sparta Prague
Neil Lennon has blasted UEFA for allowing kids to attend the Europa League clash between Rangers and Sparta Prague after initially ordering a stadium closure.
The Light Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic side on Thursday night, with Glen Kamara enduring a torrid night.
The 10,000 children in attendance booed his every touch before he was sent off in the 74th minute, but the game was supposed to be played behind closed doors after UEFA punished Sparta due to racist abuse from their fans towards a Monaco player recently.
Lennon was unhappy that the governing body changed their minds, and he believes Rangers boss Steven Gerrard felt exactly the same way.
The former Celtic boss told BT Sport after the game: “It’s irrelevant whether there are kids there or not.
“You can see how upset Steven was with the fact that … they are not being punished, because they are letting other people in through the gates.
“The other thing is Glen Kamara again, suffering racial abuse, which he had to do six months ago. I feel so sorry for the lad. I think it is disgusting. I think it is a stain not just in our game, but on society in general.
“It is a major problem in Eastern Europe. Uefa talk about respect. Where is respect for that lad when he is out doing his best for the team.”
UEFA have done nothing to fight racism, and they have clearly shown that they do not care after allowing Sparta to replace their fans with children.
The kids were not any better, and Kamara would have struggled to wrap his head around what was happening all through his stay on the pitch.
He was being jeered by kids who have been influenced by adults who hate him for daring to speak out after being racially abused the last time he was in the country, and that would have deeply hurt him.
It definitely affected his performances despite his best efforts to ignore the crowd.
While the incident and allowing children in to watch the game is not an excuse for Rangers to lose, playing in an empty stadium would have been better.
UEFA are not helping matters, and they have not taken a strong stand against racism given some of the ridiculous fines and punishments they hand to deferring clubs and country.
It is a big shame.
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