The image of Scott Brown and Glen Kamara embracing before last month’s clash between Rangers and Celtic is more powerful than anything UEFA has done to combat racism.
That’s according to former Celtic hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about UEFA’s decision to ban Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela for one match.
Kudela has been accused of racially abusing Kamara during the Rangers v Slavia clash at Ibrox last month and UEFA have suspended the midfielder while the issue is investigated further. [BBC Sport]
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McAvennie has branded the decision as ridiculous and claimed that the image of Brown and Kudela embracing before the Old Firm clash was more powerful than anything UEFA has ever done to combat racism.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“It’s a hard one, I get that Kamara has been called something but you have to take their word about what was said.
“It’s hard to prove and everyone just keeps banging on and jumping on the bandwagon about ‘against racism’, they don’t do anything about it.
“UEFA have got to do something about it and if he’s guilty they’ve got to ban him and show that he’ll be out of the game for a while.
“For years it’s been like this, ‘show racism the red card’, that didn’t do anything.
“Scott Brown going over to Kamara and giving him a cuddle was the best, most powerful thing I’ve seen in football for a long time.
“Actions speak louder than words if he’s found guilty he shouldn’t be anywhere near the game.”
Kamara is also under investigation by UEFA after Slavia alleged that he assaulted Kudela in the Ibrox tunnel after the game.
Rangers will face off against Celtic again in the near future after the two rivals were drawn against each other in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.