Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara is still ‘shaken’ and ‘upset’ by the racist abuse received during his side’s clash with Slavia Prague.
The Finland international was targeted during a vile incident which saw Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela brand him a ‘f***ing monkey’ during the latter stages of the game.
And Kamara’s lawyer Aamer Anwar has revealed he met with UEFA on Saturday and told them how he is still hurting from the incident and continues to receive sickening abuse on social media.
Kamara was also targeted by Slavia supporters in a disgusting banner posted on social media as well as messages sent to him on his Instagram and Twitter pages.
The 25-year-old is on international duty with Finland at present and will meet Police Scotland to deliver another statement on his return, with Anwar expecting a charge for Kudela.
And he revealed exactly what the Rangers star told UEFA in a hard-hitting statement over the weekend where he revealed the levels of racist abuse he was receiving on social media.
Kamara also admitted that he wishes he had got all of Steven Gerrard’s side to walk off the pitch but the emotions at the time were so high he didn’t think of it.
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Anwar told talkSPORT: “He may well decide on the basis of the alleged language he used that it’s best to plead guilty and have the matter over and done with.
“But I expect he will have his eyes on UEFA. I met, along with Glen, on Saturday the investigator from UEFA and Glen gave a statement to UEFA.
“In that statement to UEFA, he stated that he was still left shaken, that he was still deeply upset by the racial abuse he suffered at the match on the 18th March. He said what he experienced didn’t stop on the pitch but he received racist abuse and threats via social media.
“He said a player’s racial comments have consequences. It doesn’t just stop on the football field for the victim as others are incited to continue with that hatred, whether it be on social media 24 hours, seven days a week.
“Mr Kudela will have his eyes on what the repercussions are for him and what the consequences are with regards to UEFA.
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“As Glen said to UEFA on Saturday; while he can walk off the football field, racism has gone on to invade his personal space and is easily viewed by his family, by his friends, by his colleagues and by his communities.
“It’s important for listeners to understand that when people like Glen, young black players who have reached the top of their profession and still have a huge mountain left to climb, these were his exact words to UEFA.
“He said ‘When I play, I feel like I represent my family, I feel like I represent all those young black kids who dream of one day playing for their team. So Kudela didn’t just try to humiliate me but he also tried to humiliate my mother and my family. For anyone to say such racist words to another human is bad enough. What made it even more disgusting is this player is supposed to be professional. If I could turn back the clock I would have walked off the pitch but there were so many emotions going through my mind I just couldn’t think straight’.”
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