The lawyer of Glen Kamara has warned that the Rangers players and fans face a genuine risk to life when they travel to the Czech Republic to face Sparta Prague.
The Gers played the Prague side’s fierce rivals Slavia in the Europa League Last 16 last season with the match overshadowed by racist abuse aimed at Ibrox star Kamara.
Czech international defender Ondrej Kudela was given a 10-match ban for referring to Kamara as a “monkey” whilst on the field of the play in March.
Kamara was eventually given a three-match ban for his reaction whilst a shameful affair was topped off by a four-match ban handed out to Kemar Roofe for a high-boot challenge on goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, which left the keeper with a fractured skull.
Nigerian international defender Leon Balogun was also sent off in the match.
However, the racist abuse didn’t begin and end with the situation surrounding Kudela as Slavia disgraced themselves with their response in the aftermath of the incident.
Eventually accepting the ban, the defensive and unhelpful approach of the club enflamed the situation further and Rangers’ black players suffered as a result.
Racist abuse became a daily occurrence for the likes of Kamara and Roofe, as Czech fans continued to pile on the innocent Ibrox pair with a disgraceful Slavia Prague Ultras banner a chilling insight into this racist culture within the Czech game.
Rangers drawing Sparta Prague perhaps couldn’t have come at a worse time and Kamara’s lawyer Aamer Anwar believes this “risk to life” must be taken seriously.
“The abuse of Glen Kamara was followed by death threats and minute-by-minute text messages to him and myself,” Anwar told the Daily Record.
“I fear for the safety of anyone travelling out to Prague – players and fans.
“Rangers players don’t have to tolerate any form of racism.
“Sooner or later someone is going to end up getting killed.
“The police are likely to do nothing because they are scared of these casuals.
“It will be dangerous for the players and the fans. I think it is a genuine risk to their lives. I’d be worried for fans travelling over if they don’t have tickets. It’s not worth risking themselves.
“We have seen death threats and threats to come over to Scotland, threats of murder. This presents a prize opportunity. There will be a limited number of fans and they are liable to be picked off and targeted.
“A nice trip could turn into a tragedy.
“I suspect these ultras would be looking for Rangers fans and they wouldn’t stand a chance.
“The best thing they could do is stay safe and stay at home.
“The authorities really need to act tough this time. I would like to see a very strongly worded statement from Uefa giving a warning about the consequences of more trouble.”
Racism isn’t something that is confined to Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic either, as the Gers will find out later this month.
The Ibrox club are set to play Sparta behind closed doors due to the shocking racist abuse of Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni from the stands earlier in the season.