Sparta Prague vs Rangers: Czech foreign minister demands SFA apology after Marvin Bartley’s ‘rotten fruit’ comparison

CZECH foreign minister Jakub Kulhánek has asked the SFA to apologise after Marvin Bartley’s comments in the wake of the match between Sparta Prague and Rangers.

The Europa League tie was marred with Glen Kamara booed throughout the match by the thousands of schoolchildren in the stadium.

The 10,000 crowd consisted mainly of children, plus adult supervisors, after UEFA partially reneged on a full closure of the Letna Stadium after punishing Sparta for their fans’ racist abuse towards Monaco’s Aurelius Tchouameni.

Following the match, Equality And Diversity Advisor to the SFA Bartley slammed the abuse, but said it was not the children’s fault, instead labelling the adults and those around them as “rotten fruit”.

Bartley’s tweet read: “The worst thing about the scenes in Prague last night is that I’m not shocked in the slightest!

“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. UEFA 👎🏽”

Now, Kulhánek has taken issue with Bartley’s comments claiming Czech children were compared with “rotten fruits” in the tweet.

A statement from the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs read: “I understand that sports matches bring various emotions that can be transferred off the field. However, even that has its limits and must not grow into xenophobic insults aimed at minors.

“Therefore, I asked for an apology or a clear distance from the person who publicly uttered the comparison of Czech children to rotten fruit. I summoned the ambassador today to interpret my request to the Scottish Football Association.

“”And there comes a strong and tacky attack on Czech children. If such statements are passed without response, without criticism and without condemnation, then there may come a time when I will be concerned about the safety of Czech students and citizens in Great Britain. 

“I believe that the representatives of the Scottish Football Association will understand the situation and contribute to calming it down by expressing the required apology and stopping to incite hatred towards our country and its citizens.”

Kamara was targeted during Rangers’ 1-0 loss and left the field to cheers after he was sent off in the second half.

It comes after Kamara was found to have been racially abused by Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela in last season’s Europa League match at Ibrox.

Kudela was ordered to serve a 10-match UEFA ban for racism, with Kamara hit with a three-match ban for assaulting Kudela in the Ibrox tunnel.

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