Steven Gerrard has backed Glen Kamara “100%” after the Rangers midfielder alleged he suffered racist abuse during Thursday’s Europa League clash with Slavia Prague.
The newly crowned Scottish champions Rangers slid out of Europe with a 2-0 loss to Ibrox – their first home loss of the season – sealing a 3-1 total loss.
The Rangers had Kemar Roofe and Leon Balogun sent off in a bad-tempered fight that resulted in a crash between the two groups of players belatedly.
The outcry follows an incident between Kamara and Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela, who covered his mouth and leaned towards the Rangers man before appearing to say something that sparked the fury of Kamara and Kudela. his neighbor teammate Joe Aribo.
Rangers alternate captain Connor Goldson then faced Kudela and referee Orel Grinfeld, who made a reservation each. After a long stoppage, the game continued, with Gerrard then addressing his counterpart Jindrich Trpisovsky on the pitch full time.
Gerrard and Trpisovsky, along with officials from each club and UEFA, were involved in what appeared to be a heated debate on the sideline sometime after the final whistle.
Slavia later firmly denied that Kudela had been involved in an incident of racist abuse and reported that her player was attacked after the game, claiming that the police had been called.
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During his post-match press conference, Gerrard confirmed Kamara claims to have been the victim of racist abuse, and the Liverpool legend called on UEFA to act decisively.
“You are building relationships in football and I have built a very strong relationship with Glen Kamara,” said Gerrard.
“Glen Kamara, for me, is one of mine, like many others, like everyone in this locker room. I believe him 100%, what he says, in terms of accusation.
“Other players around him have heard it, so I’ll stand face to face with Glen Kamara and I’ll take care of it but Glen Kamara wants to take care of it.
“It’s at UEFA now, and I just hope it doesn’t get scratched under the rug. I feel angry now. It’s hard to describe how I feel because I know Glen, I trust him 100%. It is extremely disappointing.
Slavia president Jaroslav Tvrdik responded to the allegations with a strong denial of any racism on the part of the visiting team.
Tvrdik wrote on Twitter: “Slavia is adamantly opposed to player Ondrej Kudela racially insulting the opponent’s player in any way.”
He added: “It shocks us that our player was physically attacked after the game. At Slavia’s request, the case was resolved by local police. We would like to see a detailed investigation of the whole situation by UEFA. “
Tvrdik defended the character of Kudela by saying, “I’m sure I don’t know a more decent and modest person than Ondra.”