Rangers legend Kris Boyd tells UEFA to kick Slavia Prague out and hand Arsenal Europa League bye

Glen Kamara was the victim of racist abuse during Rangers' Europa League defeat against Slavia Prague
Glen Kamara was the victim of racist abuse during Rangers’ Europa League defeat against Slavia Prague (Picture: Getty)

Rangers legend Kris Boyd insists a heavy fine won’t suffice and has urged UEFA to kick Slavia Prague out of the Europa League following the disgraceful scenes and allegations of racism which totally overshadowed their victory at Ibrox on Thursday.

Goals from Peter Olayinka and Nicolae Stanciu helped secure Slavia’s passage to the last eight of the competition, where they have been drawn to face Arsenal, but that accomplishment has been severely tarnished.

Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara accused Ondrej Kudela of ‘vile racist abuse’ as the fall-out from Thursday clash continued to escalate.

Kamara issued a statement through his lawyer on Friday night in which he gave a graphic account of the alleged incident – which Kudela denies – and demanded action from the European governing body.

It came hours after Slavia asked police to investigate allegations that a Rangers player carried out an assault in the Ibrox tunnel – and claimed Gers boss Steven Gerrard is a key witness.

Glen Kamara issued a strongly worded statement urging UEFA to take action following Rangers' controversial match against Slavia Prague
Glen Kamara issued a strongly worded statement urging UEFA to take action following Rangers’ controversial match against Slavia Prague (Picture: Getty)

In the statement Kamara said: ‘If UEFA genuinely wants to ‘show racism the red card’, then it’s time to stop the tokenism and take a zero-tolerance approach. As a player I do not expect myself, nor any other to have to tolerate racial hatred on or off the pitch in 2021.

‘The vile racist abuse by Ondrej Kedel [sic] took place on the international stage, and any failure to act by UEFA will be viewed as a green light for racism.’

Kamara had to be held back by teammates as he reacted with fury when Kudela wandered alongside him late in the game, cupping his hand before allegedly whispering a discriminatory slur – ‘you’re a f monkey, you know you are’, according to the Finn’s statement – into the midfielder’s ear.

Boyd, who scored over a century of goals for Rangers across two spells, is adamant that a financial penalty, given the seriousness of the alleged crimes, would represent an insufficient punishment and has implored UEFA to take unprecedented action.

He told Sky Sports: ‘I think the fines and everything are not good enough or strong enough. They need to take the strongest stance possible and for me that would be to kick Slavia Prague out of the competition.

‘I’m not saying that with a Rangers head on and get Rangers back in. The best team won over the two ties, kick them out and give Arsenal a bye into the semi-final.

‘It’s not right and if it’s swept under the carpet and it doesn’t get dealt with then as I think Glen Kamara said it gives the green light to continue this racism in football and it’s an absolute disgrace. UEFA have got an opportunity here to do something about it.

‘I’ve spoken numerous times about the abuse referees get and that then transcends into the stands and they then think it’s acceptable.

‘But how can we go about this and ask society to change and do things if we have got a professional football player on the biggest stage in the Europa League actually racially abuse another professional player. It’s not on.

‘You can fine these clubs as much as you want it’s irrelevant, there is a stronger stance that needs to be taken on this now.’

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