UEFA has confirmed it will conduct an investigation into the incidents that occurred during Rangers’ 2-0 defeat at home to Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara claimed he was racially abused by Slavia’s Czech international centre-back Ondrej Kudela towards the end of the Europa League, last-16 second-leg tie at Ibrox which led to angry scenes on the pitch.
UEFA initially said it was “aware of an incident which occurred in the tunnel after the end of the match” before later confirming it had now launched an investigation into the events in and around the game as a whole.
It said in a statement: “In accordance with the Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector will conduct an investigation regarding the incidents that occurred during the 2020-21 UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg match between Rangers FC and SK Slavia Praha on March 18 2021.”
Gers lost 2-0 on the night as they were knocked out 3-1 on aggregate, with Steven Gerrard’s side having Kemar Roofe and Leon Balogun sent off.
Speaking after the highly-charged game, Gerrard gave his full backing to Finland international Kamara and urged UEFA to investigate the alleged racist abuse of his player.
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“Glen Kamara to me is one of my own, like all of them in that dressing room,” said Gerrard.
“I 100 per cent believe him, what he’s saying in terms of the accusation. Other players around it heard it. I will stand toe-to-toe with Glen Kamara.”
In a statement released on Slavia’s English language website, Kudela admitted he had used offensive language but added: “It was said in emotions, but I absolutely deny there was anything racist in those words.”
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