By George Overhill

28th Sep, 2022 | 6:10pm

UEFA system fails Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara after latest allegation of racist abuse

UEFA have already dropped their investigation into an allegation of racist abuse against Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara while playing for Finland.

The 26-year-old played the whole game as his side won 2-0 in the Nations League on Monday night (26 September), after which it was reported that UEFA would investigate an allegation against an unnamed “Montenegro star” [Football Scotland, 27 September].

But in a statement from the Finnish FA on Wednesday (28 September) it emerged that the situation will go no further as the player himself will not make an official complaint.

The statement, as per The Times, said: “Our team management and the players told the referee appointed by Uefa and the match delegate their views on the incident against Montenegro immediately after the match.

“The referee and the match delegate informed the Finnish team management that the matter was known to them and taken into account, which calmed down the situation that had aroused strong emotions after the game.

“However, in the discussions held between us and Uefa on Tuesday, it has become clear that the match delegate’s report will not ultimately lead to an investigation.

“In Uefa’s system, the initiation of an investigation requires the player’s confirmation or the player’s own notification of the matter or confirmation of the matter by other players, officials or referees.

“Glen Kamara does not want to make an official announcement to Uefa or comment on the matter.”

This will of course prompt some to accuse Kamara and the Finnish team of making up the allegation, but it only exposes the flaws in UEFA’s system and how they have failed the Gers man, just as they will equally be failing any other players caught in this situation.

Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela was banned for 10 games for “racist behaviour” after a Europa League game against the Light Blues in March 2021, after Kamara did make an official complaint, although Kudela has always denied the claims.

He told Sky Sports earlier this year (23 March) that he still receives racist abuse online specifically because of this incident.

No wonder he would think twice about putting himself through the process again if that is what he got for an investigation which essentially found in his favour.

UEFA’s system obligates the target of alleged abuse to be the driving force behind an investigation, automatically drawing extra pressure, attention, and further abuse, onto them.

Were an opponent to be brazen enough to shout a racist insult within earshot of other players and officials then others could take it up instead, but as the Kudela incident showed, if someone were to direct a sly remark direct to a player while covering their mouth then that wouldn’t work.

It provides a far too convenient loophole for the type of person who would racially abuse another that they can do their damage covertly knowing that the recipient has to be prepared to take all the upheaval of getting the investigation moving onto their shoulders.

Forcing the player to be the instigator of the investigation after the last instance made Kamara the target of further abuse, so he may well have felt it is not worth it to go through the whole thing again when another alleged incident has arisen here anyway.

Such incidents have to be tackled as a problem which affects everyone, rather than authorities effectively turning to the people already harmed by them and saying, ‘Do you want to do anything about it?’

UEFA rarely make themselves popular, and at Rangers even less so after Graeme Souness teed off on them recently, and while we will probably never hear the details of the most recent incident, the fact that no action will be taken highlights another situation where they aren’t getting it right.

In other Rangers news, as news emerges on the club’s failed attempt to sign a goal-shy forward before the window shut it will only give the fans more questions for an unpopular board.