Sparta Prague could have reduced capacity for Rangers Europa League visit
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Sparta Prague could have reduced capacity for Rangers Europa League visit

Rangers could be set to play another game in front of reduced capacity – but the reason has nothing to do with coronavirus and everything to do with Sparta Prague.

Rangers have drawn the Czech club in the Europa League with Sparta and the Gers joining French outfit Lyon and Danish Champions Brondby in Group A.

The racist behaviour of Sparta Prague fans could see their club punished ahead of their clash with Rangers. (Photo by Michal Cizek/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

The Czech club are in the midst of disciplinary proceedings with UEFA and according to the Glasgow Times, could see a partial stadium closure in their next European tie.

As things stand, this is set to be the visit of Rangers on 30th September with the issue surrounding, depressingly, racist abuse from the club’s supporters.

Rangers have had previous experience with racism from Sparta’s arch-rivals Slavia after Glen Kamara was abused by one of the Czech club’s own players.

Ondrej Kudela was banned for 10 games as a result and UEFA will be under pressure to come down hard on Sparta if their fans are found guilty of similar.

The issue relates to an incidence of racist abuse aimed at Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni during a 2-0 Champions League qualifying defeat to the French club.

Tchouameni opened the scoring in the Czech Republic and was subjected to the abuse before the match was eventually stopped for three minutes.

During this period, the French midfielder ran to the touchline to complain about the abuse to is manager and the match officials.

The player has since sent a defiant message on Twitter voicing a stance against the incident:

Rangers fans will have one eye on the situation which could mean that there will no away allocation for a potential away day in Prague.

Not that this will likely stop some, or prevent others from thinking twice about making the trip anyway given the history and bad blood between the Gers and Slavia.

Rangers could also be boosted by the fact group favourites Lyon could be about to suffer a £68m-rated double blow ahead of their clash at Ibrox.