UEFA will investigate potential discriminatory incidents during Sparta Prague v Rangers
UEFA have vowed to investigate any potential discriminatory incidents during Rangers clash with Sparta Prague.
The Bears visited the Czech Republic last Thursday for their second Europa League group game of the new season, suffering a 1-0 defeat.
Glen Kamara was sent off in the second half for a second yellow card, and he endured a torrid time as all of his touches were booed by the 10,000 children in the stadium.
European football governing body are now looking into things and are finally ready to take action.
BBC Scotland’s Sports News Correspondent Chris McLaughlin shared the update on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday.
He said: “Uefa say they will investigate potential discriminatory incidents during Sparta Prague v Rangers in the Europa League.”
Uefa say they will investigate potential discriminatory incidents during Sparta Prague v Rangers in the Europa League.
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) October 5, 2021
It has taken almost a week, but UEFA have spoken up.
They had ordered a stadium ban ahead of the game, but a loophole in the rule book meant Sparta could get around it, with 10,000 free admission tickets given to local schools.
Minors between the ages of six and 14 were allowed in, and they gave the Rangers ace a night to forget.
Kamara had suffered racist abuse from Czech international Andrej Kudela earlier this year, and the children were used to target him.
How UEFA plan to punish Sparta if they find them guilty remains to be seen, but no fans should have been allowed into the ground in the first place.
The governing body are not doing enough in the fight against racism, and their latest statement does not carry a lot of weight.
Given how they often come up with derisory fines and a ban for a couple of games for defaulters, nobody is going to take them seriously.
Rangers were gutted to see the midfielder subjected to the unpleasant reactions from kids, and UEFA have to do something huge if they are indeed serious about punishing racist.
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