Former Gunner Glen Kamara was booed by Sparta Prague fans and ended up being sent off during Rangers’ Europa League clash on Thursday night.
On Thursday, former Arsenal midfielder Glen Kamara returned to play a match in Prague for the first time since he was racially abused by Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela.
Even though Sparta are ostensibly local rivals with Slavia, their fans nonetheless booed Kamara through the game. I guess the two fanbases find common ground in racist abuse, after Sparta were recently punished for racist chanting towards Aurelien Tchouameni.
To make the night worse for Kamara, he was then sent off for a second yellow card in the 74th minute, and Rangers lost 1-0.
Steven Gerrard said he hadn’t noticed Kamara being targeted, but added that he wouldn’t be surprised if it was true.
“If they’re facts and that is the truth, I’m extremely disappointed – but not surprised,” Gerrard said. “If they were targeting Glen, then it’s extremely disappointing.”
The match was played in front of 10,000 children, which was UEFA’s bright idea as an alternative solution to a stadium closure after the aforementioned racist chanting at Tchouameni.
Surprisingly, the presence of children in the stands didn’t end racism. Maybe next time UEFA will actually stand by their initial punishment, if they actually bother to hand out a punishment at all.