Simon Jordan mystified by Steven Gerrard comments on booing allegations in Rangers loss v Sparta Prague
Simon Jordan has slammed UEFA over their recent handling of racism cases amid allegations that Sparta Prague fans abused Rangers star Glen Kamara on Thursday.
However, the ex-Crystal Palace owner admits he is mystified as to how Rangers boss Steven Gerrard could not hear the boos from the 10,000 crowd in the Czech Republic last night [The Scotsman].
“The inconsistency is ridiculous,” Jordan told talkSPORT [01/10/21]. “Last week we saw the Hungarians being sanctioned by FIFA as if the UEFA sanctions had never happened, so of course it’s nonsense. The trouble for me is I’m a bit perplexed reading the report where people didn’t seem to hear.
“If there’s 10,000 people all booing as we suggest happened, why aren’t people hearing this rather than perhaps people hearing it and hearing segments of it? Steven Gerrard doesn’t appear to have heard it.
“There has to be a proper explanation from UEFA on this because this is an incredible own goal, it’s an incredible compounding of a problem.”
As Kick It Out campaigner Troy Townsend alluded to during a passionate exchange on talkSPORT, manager’s are often ‘in the zone’ during games and can easily block out everything around them.
Certainly, as someone with such a distinguished playing career with experience of performing in front of hostile crowds, Gerrard knows all about removing everything around him.
He claims he was not aware of just what was happening around him in Prague on Thursday as local schoolkids allegedly booed black Rangers players, particularly Glen Kamara, during the Gers’ 1-0 defeat in the Europa League.
Gerrard led from the front when Kamara was racially abused by Ondrej Kudela earlier this year, and there’s no reasons to suggest he won’t do the same this time around.