Following his facet’s 0-2 Europa League defeat to Slavia Prague, Gerrard spoke to the media the place he confirmed that Kamara advised him that he was racially abused by Slavia’s Ondrej Kudela.
The incident occurred late within the match when Kudela was seen saying one thing into Kamara’s ear together with his hand protecting his mouth.
CNN couldn’t instantly verify what was mentioned, however Kamara and a close-by teammate reacted immediately, sparking a melee between each groups on the Ibrox Stadium.
“It was said in emotions, but I absolutely deny there was anything racist in those words,” Kudela mentioned, insisting he simply swore into Kamara’s ear.
The Czech membership additionally claimed Kudela was assaulted after the crew was unable to enter its dressing room on the finish of the match however CNN has up to now been capable of confirm these claims.
When requested concerning the alleged racist incident, Gerrard mentioned he’ll stand beside Kamara and hoped European soccer’s governing physique UEFA would take care of the incident appropriately.
“I am proud of all my players tonight for showing solidarity and from the top of this club to the bottom we stand with the players.
“It is over to UEFA now this case and I simply hope it would not get brushed beneath the carpet.”
UEFA told CNN it was “conscious of an incident which occurred within the tunnel after the top of the match and which concerned some gamers of each groups” and said it was waiting to receive reports from match officials before commenting further.
CNN has reached out to Police Scotland for comment but has yet to receive a reply.
After the match, Rangers striker Kemar Roofe also received racist abuse on social media.
The striker — who had been sent off after a brutal collision with goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar — posted a screenshot of the abuse on his Instagram account.
“I could possibly be right here all evening screenshoting all of these sorts of feedback,” Roofe said in the post.
It’s yet another example of soccer players receiving racist abuse on their social media platforms, a consistent problem that has been highlighted this season.
Instagram advised CNN it was at the moment investigating the newest incident and would touch upon the case shortly.