Glen Kamara "extremely grateful" for messages of support from Celtic fans
Rangers star Glen Kamara is “extremely grateful” for the messages of support from Celtic fans in the wake of Thursday night’s Europa League match at Ibrox, his legal representative has said.
Kamara has alleged he was racially abused by a Slavia Prague opponent during the fixture, sparking widespread outrage and condemnation.
Slavia player Ondrej Kudela was caught on camera approaching the midfielder and saying something in his ear, covering his mouth in the process.
The immediate reaction of Kamara, as well as other players, was convincing and rather distressing to witness.
Kamara later released a statement through his legal representative Aamer Anwar to give a full account of his experience.
Anwar has also provided quotes to The Daily Mail, noting that Celtic supporters have been sending messages of support to the Finnish international.
He said: “Glen is extremely grateful to Rangers and the outstanding, unconditional statement of support from his manager Steven Gerrard. He is also extremely grateful for messages from many Celtic fans wishing him well. Despite the great football divide it’s good to know there is a unity in this fight. The real onus now is on what happens next.
“If UEFA and other organisations are really serious about giving racism the red card we need to see more than just condemning it, we need to see tough sanctions being deployed. We are seeing senior players opting not to take the knee because it is seen as tokenism. It will continue to be tokenistic unless we see any real change.”
Celtic, as a club, showed solidarity to Kamara before today’s derby match.
Captain Scott Brown approached him in the warm-up to embrace him. The two sets of players and coaching staff then refused to take a knee in order to highlight that authorities need to take more action against racism and other forms of bigotry in the sport.
Celtic later posted messages on social media directly supporting Kamara.
Brown was also unequivocal with backing for his opponent in a post-match interview. [Sky Sports]
It’s fantastic to see Celtic transcend rivalry in this situation.
Hopefully, it’s something that becomes the norm if more incidences of abuse are brought to light in Scottish football in future.