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Glen Kamara’s message to Ondrej Kudela and UEFA as he speaks out on racist abuse

Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara has revealed he has been subjected to racist abuse online every day since last month’s incident with Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela.

Kudela has been given a one match provisional ban after Kamara alleged he used racist language against him during their Europa League tie three weeks ago.

But UEFA have also charged Kamara while they investigate the incident and the ex-Arsenal star has admitted he wishes he had walked off the pitch in protest and insisted that taking the knee has become a waste of time.

Kamara, in an interview with ITV, said: “I haven’t paid much attention to what he’s done after this whole incident, but I’ve seen their fans, how they’ve reacted, and I’ll get [racist] abuse probably every day on my Instagram.

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Kamara says the incident with Kudela made him feel "like a little boy"
Kamara says the incident with Kudela made him feel “like a little boy”

“Every day, every day easily, I’m not one that gets really affected by it, so I’m all right. But how the team has reacted and taken it. It’s sad to be honest.

“I had so many different emotions and felt like a victim, I just felt like a little boy. It was a very weird feeling… it was such a big stage Europa league, a big tournament and it was… I don’t know what it’s called, really explain how I felt. Hopefully I never have to feel that again, really.

The midfielder says he has suffered racist abuse every day since the Europa League tie with Slavia Prague
The midfielder says he has suffered racist abuse every day since the Europa League tie with Slavia Prague

“If I could go back to the time of the game, I’d walk off the pitch a hundred percent. My manager was actually trying to get me off the pitch, but like I said, I was on my own on the pitch. I couldn’t hear anybody. And I was just different emotions.

“So I wasn’t listening…. Because this kind of thing, shouldn’t be in the game. Um, you know, it’s, it’s an everyday life thing. I think, I don’t know if in our lifetime we will see it change, but if I can make a change in some way, I’ll do it.

“I feel like, I need to tell my story. The online messages I’ve been getting, the racial abuse online, Instagram, Twitter, where ever else. I felt like I need to tell my story and as the victim, I feel like it needs to be said.

“And the amount statements Slavia have been putting out, I think I need to play it right and tell my story, my side of the story and the truth. I feel like it’s over to UEFA now. And hopefully they can come up, come out with a response.”

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Kamara also added that he no longer supports taking the knee before games and said: “It hasn’t changed anything. We’ve done it for a whole season and towards the end of the season, what’s come about it? It hasn’t changed anything.”

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