Rangers to face hostile crowd after UEFA relaxes Sparta stadium ban over racist abuse
Rangers will play in front of a stadium filled with CHILDREN next week after Sparta Prague received special permission from UEFA to allow the children to take part in their Europa League clash.
Steven Gerrard brings his side back to the Czech Republic in the second round of matches in the group stage of the competition, after being knocked out by city rivals Slavia Prague in the round of 16 last season.
The game was scheduled to take place in an empty Letna stadium as UEFA ordered the sanction after Sparta’s Champions League third qualifying round at home against Monaco last month.
A group of supporters launched monkey chants at Monegasque midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni after scoring the first goal in the first half, and again at the end of the match. The match was suspended for three minutes.
However, they are now allowed to allow young people only in the stadium, with only adults supervising children also allowed to enter.
Sparta said: “Due to the punishment for the racist behavior of some of our fans in the home game with Monaco, no adult fans are allowed in the stadium.
“But there is an exception for organized children’s groups and we want to use it – we invite children to the Europa League for free.
“The invitation is valid for organized groups of children aged 6 to 14 who arrive at the stadium accompanied by an adult.
“At the same time, however, the rule applies that an adult must have a minimum of ten children and a maximum of 19. Admission is completely free for children and their companions.”