It was an evening to neglect for Steven Gerrard in a season which has exceeded all expectations.
On the lookout for the end result that will’ve seen Rangers into the final eight of the Europa League, the Scottish aspect fell brief and, in the long run, have been nicely crushed by Slavia Prague.
Having two males despatched off didn’t assist their trigger although even with 11 gamers, the guests to Ibrox have been the higher aspect.
Gerrard admitted as a lot after the sport when speaking to the media, as reported by the Every day Mirror.
“First, I’ll take care of the soccer aspect. We have been crushed by the higher workforce over the 2 legs so congratulations to Slavia,” he mentioned.
“They deserved it and under no circumstances do I need to sit right here and be a nasty loser and are available out with any excuses. I’m actually pleased with my gamers for the efforts and the journey they took us on.”
Nonetheless, an incident involving his participant, Glen Kamara, noticed Gerrard’s blood boil, and now he needs to see UEFA pay greater than lip service to kicking racism out of soccer after his gamers backed up Kamara’s account that he was racially abused by Ondrej Kudela.
“When it comes to the opposite incident, I’ve to watch out what I say however you construct relationships in soccer and I’ve constructed a really, very sturdy relationship with Glen Kamara,” Gerrard added, reported by the Every day Mirror.
“Glen Kamara to me is certainly one of my very own. I one hundred pc consider what he’s saying by way of the accusation. Different gamers round him heard it.
“I’ll stand with Glen Kamara and take care of it nevertheless he needs to take care of it. I’m pleased with all of my gamers tonight. They confirmed solidarity and from the highest of this membership to the underside we stand with the gamers.
“It’s over to UEFA now, this example, and I simply hope it doesn’t get brushed below the carpet.”
UEFA are responsibility certain to behave and if the accusation is confirmed then the harshest potential punishment have to be administered with the intention to present golf equipment and gamers that such behaviour gained’t be tolerated.