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Chris Sutton strident over Rangers racism row as he declares UEFA awful at dealing with discrimination – Daily Record

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Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has urged UEFA to take a hard stance against racism – but won’t hold his breath.

The European football governing body has opened an investigation into an alleged incident arising from Rangers’ Europa League last 16 meeting with Slavia Prague on Thursday night.

The Czech side emerged 2-0 winners to progress 3-1 on aggregate but not before Ibrox midfielder Glen Kamara claimed he was racially abused by Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela.

Slavia deny the allegation and hit back with an overnight statement to accuse Kamara of assaulting their player after the final whistle, which the club have since filed a police complaint over.

Sutton is hoping the powers that be “throw the book” at Kudela if he is found guilty – but pointed to a severe discrepancy in how UEFA deal with racial incidents when compared to the harsher punishments domestic associations dish out for more benign offences.

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Speaking alongside Rangers legend Ally McCoist on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra, he said: “These are only allegations but Ally touched on a point about Glen Kamara.

“We’ve seen Glen Kamara over a number of years, and he’s a player who has always been extremely controlled in games, never really has lost his temper.

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“And for him to react in that way, something pretty awful must have been said, and of course UEFA have to investigate.

“What I would say is UEFA’s track record on dealing with racism in the past has been pretty awful.

“Go back to England in Montenegro, where I think Callum Hudson-Odoi, Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose were racially abused.

Rangers' manager Steven Gerrard gestures to Slavia Prague's Ondrej Kudela

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has backed Kamara
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

“And I think the fine was a one-match stadium ban and £17,000, or just over that.

“When you compare that to the spygate issue at Leeds, Leeds were fined £200,000, Huddersfield were fined 50 grand for wearing Paddy Power shirts.

“UEFA have had an awful track record. This needs to be investigated thoroughly, clearly something was said.

“And if Kudela is found guilty, then UEFA should throw the book at him and ban him.”

After the match Ibrox forward Kemar Roofe was also subjected to vile comments under his social media posts.

McCoist added: “I’m frankly getting sick of it, I really am. I can’t understand it.

“We can put people on the moon, but we can’t make people accountable for what they say on a social media site.

“It’s crass, it’s gross stupidity. These guys hiding behind their masks with these stupid names, they’re not responsible when they come on and there’s very few of them getting caught.

“Martin O’Neill called them ‘keyboard warriors’ – and that’s what they are.”

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