Stop attacking our children! - Sparta Prague
Sparta Prague have published an angry response to claims that fans targeted Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara with racist abuse in their Europa League clash on Thursday night.
Sparta were suspended due to racist chants from their fans against Monaco last season at the Letna Stadium, but UEFA allowed 10,000 children to watch the game against the Rangers.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard also criticized UEFA's treatment of Sparta, saying they should have been punished more severely.
"If that's the truth it's very disappointing but I'm not surprised. We're playing behind closed doors, apparently, for a reason," he told BT Sport. "It's not the first time there have been issues in this place. The powers that be don't do enough.
"Tonight the punishment was meant to be a fine and behind closed doors where you don't play in front of any people. It's near enough a full house so they're not getting punished."
Kamara's lawyer, Aamer Anwar, also criticized Sparta in a statement.
"This evening should be an embarrassment for the Czech side that, despite their fans being banned, it still made little difference that the stadium was filled with 10,000 schoolchildren,"
"A huge proportion of those children booed Glen's every touch of the ball along with every other Black player for Rangers. Tonight shows yet again that Prague has a serious problem with racism and as usual UEFA is nowhere to be seen."
But on the other hand, Sparta Prague expressed their anger at the criticism of children in a long statement.
A statement on the club website read:
"It is absolutely unbelievable that after a match we have to watch innocent children being attacked and face unfounded accusations of racism. Insulting children on the internet and in the media is unacceptable, desperate and ridiculous.
"Stop attacking our children! Our club will proudly defend our children - our future and our pride. Slandering children on the internet is extremely cowardly.
"We are seeing unprecedented xenophobic statements against the Czech Republic, its citizens and even its children on social media. You are describing the behaviour of children incorrectly, giving yourself the right to judge six-year-old children who have no idea what racism is. It's an impertinence.
"Sadly, we have to read the desperate attacks of lawyer Aamer Anwar, who goes beyond what a lawyer should be allowed to do. In the Czech environment, his conduct would have been dealt with by the Bar Association by now.
"His activism and online bullying should be dealt with by the relevant institution in Scotland. Inciting xenophobic tendencies and verbal attacks on defenceless children are beyond the pale of morality and decorum."
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