Rangers crashed out of the UEFA Europa League last night after they succumbed to a 2-0 loss in the second leg of their Round of 16 fixture against Slavia Prague at Ibrox Stadium.
After they lost the first leg 2-1 at Prague, Steven Gerrard’s men needed a turnaround in the second leg at home – but it was not to be the case on the night as it was Slavia Prague who ended up winning the second leg and progressing to the quarter-final on aggregate.
Goals from Peter Olayinka and Nicolae Stanciu secured a 3-1 win on aggregate, as not only were the Scottish champions knocked out – but there was a lot more drama in store at the Ibrox last night, as two Rangers players were sent off before a racist incident (alleged) took place in the closing minutes.
While substitute Kemar Roofe was sent off for a straight red card offence in the second half, Leon Balogun was also given the marching orders for a second bookable offence soon as a trailing Rangers side were reduced to nine.
Tempers flared between players of both camps, as it was Glen Kamara who got himself involved in a war of words with Ondrej Kudela before the full-time whistle.
After Kudela was seen to have said something to the Rangers midfielder, Kamara reacted instinctively and went to square up with the Slavia defender – reports after the game suggested that there were racist sentiments in what Kudela said to Kamara.
Do Kamara was not involved at all? See the hidden message and the kickoff? Wonder what was said….. pic.twitter.com/wX8W2AcHS5— Jamés (@jamiemcmathx) March 18, 2021
While the visibly upset Rangers players swarmed around Kamara and Kudela in order to stop the altercation, a section of the Rangers faithful on Twitter noticed how two black Slavia Prague players reacted to the incident.
Abdallah Sima and Simon Deli stood isolated from the scene while almost looking guilty – which caused the Rangers faithful to speculate about the existence of racist undertones in Kudela’s comments to Kamara, sparking such an outrageous reaction from the majority of the Rangers players on the pitch.
12 and 4 from their team knew exactly what was said….— Jamés (@jamiemcmathx) March 18, 2021
For team mates not to react to a scrap takes some doing, I wonder what it was that was said that stopped these two from getting involved? pic.twitter.com/op2f2iPEII
That says it all really.— 55_Cartel (@Pena_Cartel) March 19, 2021
Riot kicking off, both Deli and Sima don’t get involved. They were right there and know what was said pic.twitter.com/6u2apjdXLP