Glen Kamara issued a powerful assertion hitting out on the ‘vile racist abuse’ that was allegedly stated to him by Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela of their Europa League conflict final evening.
Kamara and his Rangers team-mates reacted with fury as they claimed Czech defender Kudela had whispered a discriminatory slur into the midfielder’s ear whereas cupping his hand.
Slavia rejected the racism claims and accused Kamara of assaulting Kudela within the tunnel after the ultimate whistle.
Now, in an announcement launched via lawyer Aamer Anwar, Kamara gave his model of occasions as he hit out at Kudela.
He stated: “There isn’t a place for racism or any type of bigotry in soccer.
“Since summer season many people have taken the knee in solidarity with those that have misplaced their lives to racial violence.
“If UEFA genuinely needs to ‘present racism the pink card’, then it’s time to cease the tokenism and take a zero-tolerance strategy.
“As a participant I don’t anticipate myself, nor some other to need to tolerate racial hatred on or off the pitch in 2021.
“The vile racist abuse by Ondrej Kudela, befell on the worldwide stage, and any failure to behave by UEFA shall be considered as a greenlight for racism.
“Throughout yesterday’s match with Slavia Prague, Kudela was arguing with a Rangers participant and after I attempted to intervene, he advised me to close up after which stated ‘one second my good friend’.
“He then came to visit to me masking his mouth, leaning into my ear, he uttered the phrases – ‘You’re a f****** monkey, you understand you’re’.
“I used to be shocked and horrified to listen to such racist abuse from knowledgeable soccer participant.
“Kudela’s declare he merely swore at me and stated ‘You’re a f****** man’ is a whole utter lie, which doesn’t stand as much as any type of scrutiny.
“Kudela’s actions have been deliberate and premeditated, however he was loud sufficient for my team-mate Bongani Zungu to listen to what was stated.
“I’m grateful for the unconditional help of my crew, our membership and particularly our supervisor Steven Gerrard.
“I wish to thank not simply our Rangers followers, however the many followers from throughout the soccer neighborhood and past, for calling out racism not simply in opposition to myself, but in addition fellow participant Kemar Roofe, who was subjected to a tirade of racist bile on Instagram.
“We as black gamers are sick of the liberty that such bigots are given to parade their hatred on social media and marvel when the likes of Instagram will begin to take motion.”
The Gers have been overwhelmed 2-Zero by Slavia Prague at Ibrox in a fiery Europa League sport that noticed two of Gerrard’s gamers despatched off, however the match was overshadowed by the ugly scenes in the direction of the tip.
The battle is alleged to have continued within the tunnel after the ultimate whistle, with Slavia chiefs claiming Kudela was ‘hit with fists’ by Kamara.
“UEFA is conscious of an incident which occurred within the tunnel after the tip of the match and which concerned some gamers of each groups,” an announcement learn.
“We’re ready to obtain detailed studies of the match officers who have been current on the sport earlier than commenting additional.”
Reacting to the incident, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard stated: “Glen Kamara to me is one in all my very own, like the bulk, all in that dressing room. 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 cope with this nonetheless Glen needs to cope with it.
“I’m pleased with all my gamers, tonight exhibiting 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.
“I really feel indignant. It’s extraordinarily disappointing. There’s an excessive amount of of it occurring round soccer. The Slavia participant has precipitated this and he has additionally precipitated a state of affairs like this to escalate even additional as a result of immediately you get the followers becoming a member of in and the racism grows and grows.
“One thing must occur shortly. That’s above me. However 100 per cent I stand beside Glen Kamara, no matter occurs going ahead.
“UEFA will take this upon them I’m certain they’ll communicate to each gamers and we’ll let different individuals cope with it. All I can verify is that my participant tells me he was racially abused.”
As Gerrard known as for motion to be taken, Slavia officers hit again at Rangers’ claims, accusing the Ibrox membership of ‘unprecedented malicious play’ and stated Police Scotland had been requested to get entangled.
In the course of the sport, Kemar Roofe was despatched off for a studs-up problem on visiting keeper Ondrej Kolar’s face – leaving the participant with an enormous head wound – whereas Leon Balogun acquired his marching orders for 2 yellow playing cards.
In an announcement, Prague bosses stated: “The membership denies the allegations of racism of one of many crew captains Ondrej Kudela.
The assertion stated that Kudela spoke to one of many Rangers gamers and was quoted as saying: “I advised him ‘You f***ing man’. It was stated in feelings, however I completely deny there was something racist in these phrases.”
It continued: “Slavia gamers confronted an unprecedented malicious play from their opponents. They’ve by no means skilled such play in any sport they participated within the trendy historical past of the European competitions.
“Many brutal tackles resulted in accidents of our gamers. Goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar travelled to a hospital with ten stitches on his head.
“After the tip of the sport, the crew was not allowed to enter the dressing room.
“Ondrej Kudela was assaulted by participant Kamara and hit with fists within the head with supervisor Steven Gerrard witnessing the incident.
“Even the UEFA representatives who have been additionally current on the location of the incident have been shocked by this behaviour.
“The crew is now protected accompanied by the Scottish police.”
On the sport itself, Gerrard had no excuses for the defeat.
“Congratulations to Slavia, they deserved it over the 2 video games.
“On no account, form or type will we sit right here and be unhealthy losers, popping out with excuses.”