Czechs want Scottish FA to apologize for insulting child fans | Sports
PRAGUE (AP) – Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek on Monday asked the British ambassador in Prague to ask the Scottish football association to distance itself from its adviser Marvin Bartley or to apologize for his remarks.
Kulhanek summoned Nick Archer following widespread criticism in Scotland over the behavior of thousands of young Sparta Prague fans who repeatedly booed Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara during Thursday’s Europa League game in Prague.
Bartley, who is the equality and diversity adviser, said he was not shocked by this.
“It is by no means the fault of the CHILDREN because they behave in a way that they see adults doing / encouraging. How lucky are they when they are placed in a bowl with rotten fruit, ”he tweeted.
Kulhanek told the ambassador that such a “scandalous comparison” angered the Czechs. He said that the emotions linked to a game must not turn into “xenophobic insults targeting minor children”.
Regular supporters were banned from the Sparta stadium for the Czech club’s 1-0 victory due to earlier racist behavior, but UEFA allowed the host to have the support of some 10,000 schoolchildren aged 6 to 14 years old.
Kamara’s boos came after Sparta’s big rival Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela received a 10-match suspension from UEFA for abusing the Finnish player’s race in a knockout match in Europa League last season.