Celtic show solidarity with anti-racism statement

By John McGinley

March 19, 2021

Celtic have posted a social media message decrying all forms of racism and bigotry.

It said: “Celtic FC has been a club open to all since 1888. We stand firmly against all forms of racism and bigotry.”

The short message accompanied a picture of Scott Brown promoting the Show Racism The Red Card initiative.

The subject of racism in football has come to the fore in Scotland over the last 24 hours after last night’s Europa League match between Rangers and Slavia Prague.

Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard and Rangers player Glen Kamara have accused opponent Ondrej Kudela of racial abuse during a lull in play late in the match. [The Guardian]

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Kamara was visibly distressed with whatever was said by Kudela, who covered his mouth and said something into the Rangers player’s ear.

Slavia and Kudela have denied the accusation. The Ibrox club have urged UEFA to fully investigate what happened.

Clearly Celtic are looking to show some issues in sport and football go beyond rivalry and deserve to be called out, regardless of who the victim is.

The Celtic v Rangers rivalry is often an intense and heated one, but that shouldn’t stop anyone condemning racism.

Hopefully, that’s a message everyone keeps in mind not just ahead of a derby weekend but across Scottish society on a continuing basis.

In other news, FIFA have shared some class Celtic footage with their 14m followers.