Rangers guarded by Czech police during trip to Prague
Rangers were guarded by their own security and the Czech police during their stay in Prague, according to Seznam Zpravy.
The Czech newspaper reports that this is “not usual” for foreign teams playing there.
It’s suggested that Rangers took this approach after Glen Kamara’s lawyer warned fans about travelling to Prague for the Sparta Prague game, saying the city is “extremely dangerous”.
While it may not be usual for the police to guard footballers when they play away at Sparta Prague, it should be commonplace for them to look after people who have been racially abused by people from that city.
Glen Kamara was racially abused by Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela last season while Kemar Roofe faced torrents of racial abuse on social media after he was sent off while playing Slavia.
And based on the fact that Rangers’ black players – more specifically Kamara – were booed by Sparta Prague’s youthful home support on Thursday night, the extra security provided by the police was completely warranted.
Prague is quickly becoming a place where black footballers must dread going.
Adult Sparta fans were already banned from attending the game against Rangers this week after Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni was subjected to monkey chants earlier this season.
We all saw and heard what happened on Thursday night. The only punishment worthy for this is UEFA completely banned teams from the Czech Republic from their competitions.
What do they bring, really? Why are they not being made an example out of? It’s as though every time you hear about Slavia or Sparta in European football, it’s something to do with racism.
In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist was baffled by what he saw James Tavernier do in the Sparta Prague game.