Czechs summon UK ambassador over race row

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Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek has asked the British ambassador to Prague to request the Scottish FA distance itself from its advisor Marvin Bartley, or apologise for his comments about racism.

Kulhanek summoned Nick Archer on Monday following widespread criticism in Scotland of the behaviour of thousands of young Sparta Prague supporters who repeatedly booed Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara in Thursday's Europa League game in Prague.

Bartley, who is the advisor on equality and diversity, said he was not shocked by that.

"In no way is this the fault of the CHILDREN because they're behaving in a way they see adults do/encourage. What chance do they have when placed in a bowl with rotten fruit," he tweeted.

Kulhanek told the ambassador such a "scandalous comparison" angered the Czechs. He said that emotions linked to a game, must not turn into "xenophobic insults aimed at under-aged children."

Regular fans were banned at Sparta's stadium for the Czech club's 1-0 victory after a group of fans directed monkey chants at Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni during a home Champions League qualifier against Monaco in August.

However, UEFA allowed some 10,000 schoolchildren, aged six-14, to attend, and their chaperones and Kamara, who was sent off during the match, was reportedly booed.

Steven Gerrard Rangers manager, said later the club were planning an official complaint, adding: "Sadly, these things keep raising their head far too often and, unfortunately, the punishments are not severe enough."

For their part Sparta released a statement saying "unfounded accusations" of racism are "desperate and ridiculous".

Earlier this year Ondrej Kudela, from Sparta's arch rival, Slavia Prague, received a 10-match ban from UEFA for racially abusing Kamara, a Finn, in the Europa League last season.

The ban prevented the 34-year-old Kudela, who was a starter for the Czech Republic, from playing at this year's European Championship.

There was another claim of racism in European football with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly alleging he was racially abused by Fiorentina fans in Sunday's Serie A match between the teams.

The 30-year-old Senegal international said in a social media post he had been called a "fucking monkey."

"These people have nothing to do with sport," he said. "They must be identified and kept out of the stadiums: forever."

Fiorentina said police were reviewing video footage from the game to identify those responsible.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) has received a report on the incident from its match attendee and after talks with Koulibaly will open an investigation.

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