Rangers head coach Steven Gerrard after the 1/8 finals of the Europa League against Slavia (0: 2) said that his team player Glen Camara faced racism from the Czech Slavia footballer Ondřej Kudela. The Scotsman writes about this on March 18.
“I’m angry. It’s hard to describe how I feel now because I know Glen and I trust him 100 percent. This is very disappointing, too much of this happens in world football. <...> This is not my competence, but I support Glen Camar one hundred percent, no matter what follows, “the coach emphasized.
According to him, Kamara reacted to the insults by shouting “racist”. Two more Rangers players were also outraged by the opponent’s behavior on the field. Gerrard said fans are joining the Scottish squad’s outrage.
“I totally believe in Glen’s accusations. Other players who were standing nearby heard it too. I am ready to stand next to him and support him in further actions, no matter what he takes. Now this situation is the prerogative of UEFA. I hope that this situation will not be kept silent, ”he said.
According to the Czech journalist Irvi Goshek a day later in his Twitter, the Slavia players did not manage to leave the stadium without hindrance after the game, Kudela was beaten. The Prague team had to call the police.
In December 2020, the head coach of the Moscow football club Spartak, Domenico Tedesco, spoke about how, after the last match with Sochi, he faced insults because of his origin. He admitted that the incident really shocked him, as well as the subsequent reaction from the hosts of the match, as well as the lack of proper attention from the refereeing corps. In this regard, the trainer called on representatives of the industry to exclude any possibility of aggression based on national and ethnic grounds.