Glen Kamara says he has faced a barrage of racist abuse on social media since his clash with Slavia Plague defender Ondrej Kudela.
The Rangers midfielder said he had suffered the abuse “every day, easily” since the incident at last month’s Europa League game in Ibrox, in which he accused Kudela of racism.
Kudela, who denies using racist language, faces a minimum 10-game ban if found guilty by UEFA, while Kamara is also under investigation by football’s governing body European, charged with assault in an incident after the final whistle.
Kamara said ITV News: “I did not pay much attention to what he [Kudela] did after this whole incident, but I saw their fans, how they reacted, and I’m going to have [racist] probably abuse everyday on my Instagram.
“Every day easily – I’m not the one that really takes it so I’m fine. But the way the team reacted and took it, it’s sad, to be honest.
“I feel like I need to tell my story – the online messages I’ve received, the racial abuse online – Instagram, Twitter, everywhere else. I feel like a victim, it has to be said.”
Kudela has already been provisionally banned from a match by UEFA after effectively admitting one lesser charge of insulting Kamara, which is pronounced “without prejudice” to any ruling the body may make on the racism allegations.
Kamara said the alleged abuse he had received made him feel like a “little boy” and added that he would not hesitate to leave the pitch if it happened again.
“He came over and said, ‘you’re a monkey, you’re a ****** monkey and you know you are,’” Kamara said.
“From there I reacted and said, ‘he’s racist, he’s racist’.”
He added: “I had so many different emotions and I felt like a victim – I just felt like a little boy, it was a very strange feeling.
“If I could go back to the time of the game, I would leave the pitch 100%. My manager [Steven Gerrard] was actually trying to get me off the pitch, but I was alone… I couldn’t hear anyone.
“It’s an everyday thing. I don’t know if in our lifetime we’ll see that change, but if I can make a change one way or another, I will.”
Kudela was excluded from Slavia’s squad for their Europa League game at Arsenal on Thursday, with boss Jindrich Trpisovsky insisting his absence was due to illness rather than the racism investigation.
“He’s not here,” Trpisovsky said. “He has health problems, he couldn’t come. He has a fever and is taking antibiotics.
“I really don’t have an answer, he’s not here, he’s not going to play, he wasn’t going to play anyway.”
Kamara’s lawyer: Rangers player feels “ victim ”
Kamara’s lawyer says the provisional ban on a Kudela match “mocks UEFA’s claims that racism is taken seriously”.
Aamer Anwar said Sky Sports News his client feels “victim” and wants stronger measures to be taken against Kudela.
“Actions speak louder than words and I think UEFA’s conduct today has derided its claims that it takes racism seriously,” Anwar said.
“It would appear that Mr Kudela is facing a one-match ban, although a full-scale disciplinary investigation is still underway into the allegations of racism. But in terms of the sufficiency of evidence, the evidence that currently exists, corroborating evidence – I think the initial suspension should have been much more severe before ruling on the final penalties if found guilty.
“The example is that a match suspension makes no difference to Mr Kudela because his team had previously said they would not go to Arsenal because he was too ill to play. So what a difference does it mean that he had one? -suspension of the game?
“I spoke to Glen this morning [Wednesday] – he has training, he is back from international duty. He feels like he’s been a victim. It caused tension, pressure. “