Gruesome images have emerged of Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář with gashes on his face after a clash with Rangers striker Kemar Roofe.
Roofe was – quite correctly – sent packing for an accidental high boot on the goalkeeper as he tried to trap the ball and Kolář came rushing out towards it.
The incident occurred just minutes after Roofe came on the park and ultimately signalled the beginning of the end for Rangers in the tournament.
Kolář required treatment on the field of play before being stretchered off and going by these images, it’s little wonder.
Roofe might not have meant to leave the boot in but it’s undoubtedly dangerous play and a red card was merited in the situation, even if it was clearly accidental.
Rangers forward Kemar Roofe was sent off for this challenge on Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, who had to be stretchered off the field. pic.twitter.com/4d77e1vN3z
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The Kemar Roofe red would be followed up by another sending off for defender Leon Balogun who needlessly rushed into a challenge whilst already on a yellow card.
The match was also overshadowed by Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara being racially abused by Slavia defender Ondřej Kúdela.
Gers boss Steven Gerrard railed against the comments in the aftermath of the match and the club eagerly await the response of UEFA regarding the incident.
But in a statement, not only do Slavia Prague refute the allegations, but they also mention that Roofe challenge on their goalkeeper.
“The players of Slavia in the match faced an unprecedented insidious game of the opponent, which they have not experienced in the history of modern European cups,” reads their statement.
“A series of brutal interventions by the opponent ended with an injury to our players, the goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář ended with ten stitches on his face and a concussion in the hospital.”
Rangers are now at loggerheads with the Czech club who claim they needed a police escort to get back to their hotel after the match.
The Ibrox club have also reportedly refuted any accusation of assault after Slavia claimed a Rangers star punched one of their players.