Steven Gerrard has given his full support and backing to Glen Kamara after he accused Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela of making a racist remark. The incident sadly overshadowed an action-packed contest that saw Rangers crash out of Europe following a 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) defeat at Ibrox.
Late in the second half, Kudela got into a heated exchange with his opponent and then covered his mouth as he approached Kamara to make a comment.
Whatever was said sparked immediate fury from Kamara and team-mate Bongani Zungu, who began to made accusations of racism to the referee.
According to pundit Alan Hutton, Kamara was heard shouting “racist, racist” while Zungu asked the fourth official if he’d heard what was said.
After the game, Rangers boss Gerrard was keen to get to the bottom of the incident as he confronted the opposition for an explanation.
Slavia are yet to comment on the incident and their players did not seem bothered by the accusations made by both Kamara and Zungu.
Defender Connor Goldson then lost his cool with the opposition in response to the incident.
Rangers striker Kemar Roofe has since become the subject of racist abuse on Instagram following his red card.
The forward was shown a straight red for a high boot on goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, that left the Czech was gruesome facial cuts and bruises.
Gerrard later admitted that Kamara was distraught with the abuse that he received on the field.
“I think devastated is an understatement,” he said, when asked how Kamara was feeling.
“This is a cool, calm kid. It’s not like him to accuse someone of anything. I trust Glen, 100 per cent, with my life”.
UEFA will now be left to investigate the incident as Gerrard urged the authorities to come down on Kudela.
The Rangers boss was keen on getting his players to walk off the field but admitted Kamara was not thinking straight.