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Kamara booed by young crowd and sent off in Sparta Prague clash


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angers midfielder Glen Kamara was booed in a stadium filled largely by schoolchildren as his side were beaten 1-0 by Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Kamara had been racially abused by Czech defender Ondrej Kudela during a clash with Sparta’s Prague rivals Slavia last season, an incident which saw Kudela handed a 10-game ban by Uefa.

The Letna Stadium was originally meant to be shut for this game following a separate racist charge against Sparta after Monaco’s Aurelius Tchouameni was subjected to abuse last season.

UEFA instead agreed to a proposal for the game to go ahead in front of mainly schoolchildren with some accompanying adults, but booing was audible any time Kamara touched the ball.

The biggest cheers of the night outside the one which greeted David Hancko’s first-half headed goal came after Kamara received two yellow cards for fouls on Michal Sacek and was sent off.

The Finland midfielder, who served a three-game ban following an alleged assault on Kudela in the Ibrox tunnel, was booked just before half-time for a tackle. He was harshly penalised in the 74th minute when Turkish referee Ali Palabiyik ruled his arm had been raised dangerously in an aerial challenge.

Rangers were already struggling to get back into the game and the 10 men could not avert a second defeat out of two Group A matches.

Steven Gerrard’s side had an early warning when Allan McGregor pulled off an excellent one-handed stop from Jakub Pesek.

The visitors had a decent spell with Fashion Sakala’s pace and skill causing Sparta problems. Joe Aribo saw a header cleared from the goalmouth and Leon Balogun headed wide from 10 yards.


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