Former Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe subjected to racist abuse after Rangers dismissal against Slavia Prague

The former Elland Road front man took to Instagram to share abuse he had received.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 10:31 am
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 10:36 am
Former Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe sent off for Rangers against Slavia Prague. Pic: Getty

Ex-Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe was subjected to racist abuse on social media following Rangers' defeat to Slavia Prague in the Europa League.

The former Elland Road front man was sent off on a night which was marred by an on-field incident involving teammate Glen Kamara.

Roofe was one of two players handed his marching orders in the last-16 tie as Steven Gerrard's men bowed out of the competition with a 3-1 aggregate defeat at Ibrox on Thursday night.

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The 28-year-old was shown a red card just six minutes after his introduction from the bench in the second half as he caught visiting goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar in the face reaching for a long ball - a challenge which required 10 stitches.

Roofe later shared screenshots of racist abuse he had received on social media platform Instagram following his dismissal.

The game was overshadowed late on by claims that Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela had whispered a racial slur to Rangers midfielder Kamara after the award of a free-kick.

The incident sparked a furious reaction from the Rangers players, while Gerrard and Ibrox chairman Douglas Park were seen confronting visiting boss Jindrich Trpisovsky after the full-time whistle.

“Glen Kamara to me is one of my own," Gerrard said post-match. "I 100 per cent believe what he is saying in terms of the accusation.

“Other players around him heard it so I will stand toe-to-toe with Glen Kamara and I’ll deal with this however Glen wants to deal with it.

“I am proud of all my players, tonight showing solidarity and from the top of this club to the bottom we stand with the players. This situation is over to UEFA now. I just hope it doesn’t get brushed under the carpet.

“I feel angry. It’s extremely disappointing. There is too much of it happening around football. Something needs to happen quickly. That is above me.

“UEFA will take this upon them I’m sure they will speak to both players and we will let other people deal with it. All I can confirm is that my player tells me he was racially abused.”

Slavia later denied the allegations of racism in a club statement and claimed that Kudela had been assaulted post-match.