UEFA clear Sparta Prague after fans booed Rangers’ Glen Kamara during game
UEFA have cleared Sparta Prague after accusations of racist behavior against Rangers’ Glen Kamara in a Europa League game last month.
An inspector concluded that there was ‘insufficient evidence of racism or discriminatory behaviour’.
Kamara, who was racially abused by Slavia Prague player Ondrej Kudela in March, was targeted during the match as the Czech club reportedly closed the stadium for earlier racist abuse.
Sparta fans racially abused Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni in August which forced a stoppage of the game for several minutes.
UEFA had closed the stadium for the match, but 10,000 children under the age of 14 were allowed free entry. Kamara was booed every time he touched the ball.
A UEFA statement read: “In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a UEFA Ethics and Discipline Inspector has been appointed to conduct a Disciplinary investigation into potential discriminatory incidents which allegedly occurred during the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League group stage match between AC Sparta Praha and Rangers FC played on 30 September 2021.
“The investigation has now concluded that there was insufficient evidence of racism or discriminatory behavior at the match to justify the initiation of disciplinary proceedings against AC Sparta Praha.”
Asked after the match whether UEFA should investigate, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said: “More needs to be done. Not just me, everyone across the world is asking for bigger and bigger punishments and better and more extreme in terms of racism.
“But until the powers that be do more and treat it more seriously, until that happens, we’re going to deal with these issues for longer.”
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