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Rangers boss calls for action after his player accuses opponent of racist abuse

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After the 0–2 Europa League defeat against Slavia Prague, Gerrard spoke to the media where he confirmed that Kamara had told him that he had been racially abused by Ondrej Kudela of Slavia.

The incident occurred at the end of the match when Kudela was seen saying something in Kamara’s ear with his hand covering his mouth.

CNN could not immediately confirm what was said, but Kamara and a close teammate reacted instantly, causing a melee between the two teams at the Ibrox Stadium.

Slavia Prague has completely denied the allegations in a statement on the club’s website.

“It was said with emotion, but I absolutely deny that there was anything racist in those words,” Kudela said, insisting that he only swore in Kamara’s ear.

The Czech club also claimed that Kudela was attacked after the team was unable to enter his locker room at the end of the match, but CNN has so far been able to verify these claims.

When asked about the alleged racist incident, Gerrard said he would side with Kamara and hoped the European football governing body would handle the incident appropriately.

“Other players around have heard it, so I’ll be on foot with Glen Kamara and I’ll take care of that, but Glen Kamara wants to deal with it,” he said. said Gerrard, who insisted that he would have supported his player if he had decided to leave the field.

“I am proud of all my players tonight to show my solidarity and from the top of this club to the bottom we are on the side of the players.

“This situation has happened at UEFA now and I just hope it doesn’t wash under the rug.”

In a statement, UEFA said an ethics and discipline inspector “will conduct an investigation into the incidents that occurred” during the match.

UEFA told CNN that it was “aware of an incident in the tunnel after the end of the match and that it involved some players from both teams” and said it hoped to receive reports from match officials before making further comments.

CNN has contacted Scottish police to comment, but has not yet received a response.

Glen Kamara faces Ondrej Kudela on the pitch.

After the match, Rangers striker Kemar Roofe also received racist abuse on social media.

The striker, who had been expelled after a brutal collision with goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, posted a screenshot of the abuses on his Instagram account.

“I could be here all night capturing all these kinds of comments,” Roofe said in the message.

It’s one more example of football players receiving racist abuse on their social media platforms, a constant problem that has come to light this season.

Last year, Facebook and Instagram they announced that they would create a team to combat racism on their platforms and assess racial bias in their algorithms, but clubs have called on these platforms to do more to hold users accountable.

Instagram told CNN that it is still investigating Roofe’s post and said it had removed several comments and accounts that violated the rules.

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