Steven Gerrard slams Glen Kamara
The Ibrox midfielder was jeered throughout his side's defeat in Prague as he was given his marching orders
Steven Gerrard slammed Sparta Prague fans for targeting Glen Kamara as the Rangers midfielder was sent off in his side’s Europa League defeat.
The Finnish international was mercilessly taunted by the home fans despite the 10,000 crowd at the Letna Stadium made up of supervised schoolchildren.
Some were even pictured holding up a placard with ‘Kudela team’ - the name of their bitter rivals Slavia’s defender who was found guilty of racially abusing Kamara last season.
It made for an all-round miserable night for Kamara who was shown two yellow cards and left a bitter taste in Gerrard’s mouth.
The Rangers players, including Kamara, took a knee before the match on Thursday started, while the Sparta Prague players opted to stand around the centre circle.
Sparta faced a stadium closure for the visit of the Gers after their fans racially abused Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni but UEFA relaxed that to allow local Under-14s in.
The abuse of Kamara along with Kemar Roofe and some of the other black players in Gerrard’s side was clearly audible.
And the Ibrox boss says if it is proven then the authorities must do more and hammer those who are guilty.
Told about the abuse, he said: “If that’s the facts and they were targeting Glen then it’s extremely disappointing.
“There were a lot of kids in there in the first place because of a previous similar incident, so it’s extremely disappointing, if the fact is that was the case.
Young Sparta Prague fan pictured with a 'Kudela team' poster at the match
“If these are facts and that is the case facts then I’m extremely disappointed - but not surprised.”
When asked what he would expect from UEFA : “There needs to be more done. Not just from myself, from everyone across the world, asking for more, and bigger and more extreme punishment towards racism.
“It needs to be eradicated. It’s important that the powers that be do more and treat it more serious.
“Until that happens we are going to be dealing with these questions for a long time.”