Former Celtic captain Scott Brown has been nominated for the FIFA FairPlay award for his gesture to Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara after the Finnish international was the victim of racist abuse.
Ahead of the Old Firm derby on the 21st of March 2021 controversial Parkhead skipper Brown crossed the halfway line during the warm-up to shake Kamara’s hand.
Scott Brown’s gesture of solidarity with Glen Kamara before Celtic v Rangers last year has been nominated for the FIFA Fair Play Award 2021 👏🏼pic.twitter.com/qVTZgQLdik
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This was after Glen was racially abused in a Europa League match against Slavia Prague in the days running up to the Premiership clash.
The game would finish 1-1 on the day but Brown’s gesture earned him applause from across football as the Rangers and Celtic divide stood united against racism in the beautiful game.
Brown has been nominated for the award alongside the Danish international side – who formed a circle to shield Christian Eriksen as life-saving medical treatment was applied following an on-pitch heart attack at Euro 2020 – and Claudio Ranieri, who ordered his Sampdoria side to provide Inter Milan with a guard of honour in Serie A after they lifted their first title in 11 years [BBC Sport].
Scott Brown nominated for FIFA award after supporting Rangers star Glen Kamara
Kamara, 25, was racially abused by Slavia Prague centre-back Ondrej Kudela, 33, in last season’s Europa League last 16 knockout clash between Rangers and the Czech club.
The incident garnered global footballing attention as UEFA handed Kudela a ten-match ban but controversially also banned Kamara for three games for reacting to the incident.
Support for Kamara from across football – not least from the Rangers fans – was overwhelming but Celtic skipper Scott Brown crossed the divide to show the support from Parkhead.
It was a moment which stood out and kudos to Brown for the gesture but any goodwill evaporated heading into the match.
The game finished 1-1 but it was Brown who’d grab the headlines post match for his aggrieved interview after “whoever it was at the back post” got his first Rangers Old Firm goal.