Nicolae Stanciu, who you’ll remember scoring the unbelievable goal for Praha v Rangers, has helped his team mate Ondrej Kudela’s case by refusing to kneel before the England match.
The Romanian international team mate of Rangers star Ianis Hagi has decided the best way to show support for his team mate is to reject a gesture which opposes racism.
The Praha playmaker, who was extremely impressive over the two legs for Prague, explained that in support of Kudela’s racism plight following the Czech star’s altercation with Glen Kamara, he decided to endorse racism as a show of solidarity.
UEFA really have done nothing to kurb Eastern Bloc racism – it is no sweeping generalisation to suggest that part of the world has a massive problem with it, and we’re aware the culture of the Balkan nations is very white-centric with an ignorance of other cultures.
And the idea they’re ‘racist’ both confuses and ultimately amuses many of them, so much so that rather than apologise or accept the transgression they defiantly continue it.
Obviously there’s nothing we can do about racist culture in the east but there is something UEFA can do with their football clubs and fans.
Problem is they choose to ignore or slap on the wrist.
Equal game and respect? Sure.