UEFA find no evidence of racism from Sparta Prague fans against Rangers

Tom Gott
Kamara was booed by the Sparta Prague fans
Kamara was booed by the Sparta Prague fans / Steve Welsh/GettyImages

UEFA have ended their investigation into the allegations of racist abuse from Sparta Prague supporters during their recent Europa League tie with Rangers.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard urged UEFA to act after midfielder Glen Kamara was clearly booed by home supporters, six months after being racially abused by Ondrej Kudela of cross-town rivals Slavia Prague.

In the crowd that day were 10,000 schoolchildren who, to Sparta's dismay, became the targets of the accusations, with the Czech side later claiming Rangers were acting in a 'xenophobic' manner by blaming the children.

An investigation was quickly opened into the incident, but UEFA have now ended proceedings without making any charges.

"In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector was appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding 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," a statement read.

"The investigation has now concluded that there was insufficient evidence of racism or discriminatory conduct at the match to warrant the opening of disciplinary proceedings against AC Sparta Praha."

The end to the disciplinary proceedings comes soon after Kamara's agent urged UEFA to do more in the fight against racism.

“Black and ethic minority players have said for a long time it’s not their responsibility to tackle racism," Aamer Anwar told Record Sport. “That burden shouldn’t rest with the likes of Glen Kamara or others.

“This will only be stopped when the authorities start to take it seriously. That doesn’t mean tokenistic, derisory fines, being suspended for a couple games of half emptying a stadium.

“They need to hit them where it hurts and where it will hurt a team is when a player is suspended potentially for a year. Then they will think twice about engaging in such conduct.

“If they can’t act like decent human beings by not engaging in the kind of conduct that normally have them arrested on a public street then they certainly shouldn’t be doing it at a place or work on a football pitch."