UEFA opens investigation into events during Rangers’ defeat at Sparta Prague

UEFA has opened an investigation into events surrounding Rangers’ Europa League defeat against Sparta Prague last week.

By Sports Desk
Tuesday, 5th October 2021, 6:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th October 2021, 6:40 pm

European football’s governing body said that it was probing “potential discriminatory incidents” during last Thursday’s group-stage match.

Sparta fans were banned from the Letna Stadium following racist abuse of Monaco’s Aurelius Tchouameni in August, but around 10,000 schoolchildren were permitted to attend the 1-0 win over Rangers along with some accompanying adults.

The match was marred by the booing of Rangers’ black players, with Glen Kamara – who was on the receiving end of a racist slur from Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela in March – seemingly being targeted more vociferously than others.

Sparta Prague's players stand while Rangers' midfielder Glen Kamara (front L) and Rangers' defender Borna Barisic take the knee prior to the start of the UEFA Europa League Group A match last week

A statement from UEFA said: “In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding potential discriminatory incidents allegedly occurring during the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League group-stage match between AC Sparta Praha and Rangers FC played on 30 September 2021.

“Information on this matter will be made available in due course.”

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