Steven Gerrard has voiced his disappointment after one of his players was racially abused.
Gerrard says there is not enough action being taken to tackle racism, this is after midfielder Glen Kamara was booed in the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Sparta Prague on Thursday.
The Finnish star was at the centre of abuse just six months after being racially abused by Ondrej Kudela of Sparta’s rivals Slavia Prague.
Speaking to the media after the game, the former Liverpool midfielder said bigger punishments have to be handed out against the perpetrators.
“There needs to be more done.
“Not just myself, everyone across the world is asking for bigger and more extreme punishments in terms of racism. It needs to be eradicated.
“But until the powers that be do more and treat it more seriously, we’re going to be dealing with these questions for a long time.”
The match was played in front of 10,000 fans after Uefa relented on a stadium closure following racist chanting by Sparta fans towards Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni.
“If they were targeting Glen, then it’s extremely disappointing,” Gerrard continued.
Kamara was sent off in the 74th minute after getting two yellow cards and the dismissal arrived after Rangers already trailed to the Czech hosts courtesy of a David Hancko’s first half header.
“I thought both cards were harsh. I thought the first one was just a foul.
“But when you’re on a yellow card, you’ve got to be careful where your arms are because you’re always running the risk of giving the referee a decision to make in that situation.
“I thought there was worse happened on the pitch tonight and no cards came out. So we feel a little bit hard done by that Glen’s received a red for very little, really.”
Rangers next face Danish champions Brondby in a double-header, with the first clash at Ibrox on the 21st of October, which Gerrard now admits is a “must-win”.
“We have to win the next game at home to Brondby to give ourselves an outside chance,” Gerrard concluded.
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By FARPost Reporter