Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard mentioned midfielder Glen Kamara instructed him he had been racially abused by Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela in Thursday’s Europa League last-16 match, a declare Gerrard backed with “100 %” confidence given the belief he has in his participant.
A scuffle broke out between sides within the ultimate 5 minutes after Kudela appeared to whisper one thing in Kamara’s ear.
The tie had already been successfully determined by that time, with Rangers all the way down to 9 males and down 3-1 on mixture.
What did Gerrard say?
“I really feel offended,” Gerrard instructed reporters. “It’s tough to explain how I really feel now as a result of I do know Glen and I belief him 100 per cent. It’s extraordinarily disappointing.
“Glen Kamara to me is one in every of my very own. I 100 per cent consider what he’s saying by way of the accusation.
“Different gamers round him heard it so I’ll stand toe to toe with Glen Kamara and I’ll take care of this nevertheless Glen needs to take care of it. I’m pleased with all my gamers displaying solidarity and from the highest of this membership to the underside we stand with the gamers.
“This case is over to UEFA now. I simply hope it doesn’t get brushed beneath the carpet.
“All I can verify is that my participant tells me he was racially abused. I attempted to name Glen over in the course of the recreation, he didn’t come over. I used to be going to ask him did he wish to depart the pitch and I might have backed him no matter his choice was however the gamers stayed on the pitch, that was their choice and the sport got here to a conclusion.”
How did Slavia Prague reply?
“Slavia categorically opposes the truth that Ondrej Kudela racistly insulted the gamers’ opponents in any means,” wrote Slavia president Jaroslav Tvrdik in a press release. “It tells us that our participant was bodily attacked after the match. On the request of Slavia, the case was resolved by the native police. We want to see an in depth investigation of the entire state of affairs by UEFA.”