Dundee boss James McPake has admitted that he knew immediately that something “severe” had happened after Rangers’ Glen Kamara was racially abused in the Europa League clash with Slavia Prague.

McPake worked with Kamara at Dundee and was watching at home as the Finnish midfielder was the victim of abuse, and McPake has given a strong response to the incident, insisting racism needs to be wiped out in society as well as football.

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Kamara clashes with Ondrej Kudela (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I watched the game and knowing Glen as a person, you could tell something severe had happened,” McPake said.

“I know people say that, but that’s not the way Glen Kamara conducts himself. I’ve seen him in different situations about the football club and it was sad to see. Not just because I know Glen, but still that that happens in football; it needs eradicated.

“There are people out there who will hopefully do that job and are more qualified to speak than me but for Glen Kamara – and anyone else who is suffering in that way – then it’s wrong.

“Obviously our club are fully behind him but you’ve also seen the whole of Scottish football is behind him as well.”

“I think that’s important that the teams done that last week, and you seen Scott Brown going to him before the Celtic v Rangers match, and those things matter and it is important that Scottish football is behind him. It’s disgusting.

“As soon as you know what Glen’s like – I was watching the game with my wife and said straightaway that something serious had happened because when you know him as a person, it doesn’t change anything as far as if they are a nice person or a mild-mannered person or an angry person, that kind of abuse is disgusting. It shouldn’t be happening at all, let alone still happening and hopefully they can get to the bottom of it.

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Kamara during the UEFA Europa League match between Royal Antwerp and Rangers  (Photo by Herman Dingler/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

“It needs eradicated from the game and society in general.”

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