Gerrard calls on UEFA to investigate alleged racist incident

Steven Gerrard has called for a UEFA investigation after Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara alleged that he was racially abused during last night’s Europa League tie with Slavia Prague.

The incident occurred in the latter stages of the match, with Rangers 2-0 down at Ibrox.

Slavia’s Ondrej Kudela made a comment towards Kamara, whilst covering his mouth.

Kamara then shouted ‘racist, racist’, according to BT Sport’s Alan Hutton.

Gerrard says he “100%” believes his player, and has urged UEFA to swiftly investigate the incident.

Speaking after the game, the Rangers manager said: “I 100% believe him [Kamara], what he is saying in terms of the accusation.

“Other players around him heard it so I will stand toe-to-toe with Glen Kamara and I will deal with this however Glen Kamara wants to deal with it.

“It’s over to UEFA now, this situation, and I hope it doesn’t get brushed under the carpet.

“The Slavia player has caused this and he’s caused it to escalate.

“Something needs to happen quickly that is above me.

“That situation is not normal. Why does he cover his mouth to say something?

“Their people are trying to defend him, and saying he doesn’t do it.”

Rangers forward Kemar Roofe was subjected to racist abuse on Instagram following the match.

He posted: “I could be here all night screenshotting all of these types of comments.”

The 28-year-old was sent off during the game for a late tackle on Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.

Slavia Prague release club statement

Slavia Prague released a statement on their club website following the match. They claimed that Kudela was reacting to one of the “brutal fouls” from the opposition.

In the statement, Kudela claims that he said to one of the Rangers players: ‘You f****** guy’, but denied using racist language.

The club then went on to allege that Kudela was assaulted in the tunnel.

Slavia said: “Ondrej Kudela was assaulted by player Kamara and hit with fists in the head with manager Steven Gerrard witnessing the incident.

“Even the UEFA representatives who were also present on the site of the incident were shocked by this behaviour.”

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