Kemar Roofe is the latest star of the Super 6 podcast, joining Laura Woods and Ally McCoist to discuss his take on racism, all things Rangers and more.
Roofe recently celebrated the Scottish Premiership victory with Rangers, winning their 55th title in the process and preventing Celtic from placing 10 in a row.
The forward played his part by scoring 10 goals in just 13 starts and he sat down with Laura Woods and Ally McCoist on the latest episode of the Super 6 podcast.
Racism: “ I can’t do anything ”
UEFA and Scottish police investigate alleged racial abuse of Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara by Ondrej Kudela during Rangers Europa League game against Slavia Prague on March 18
Slavia denies the allegations and says there has been “biased pressure on UEFA and police officials” during the ongoing investigations. Rangers general manager Stewart Robertson said Sky Sports News Tuesday afternoon that he had “absolutely no doubt what had happened”.
Roofe himself has been the victim of racial abuse on social media.
“It’s unacceptable. On the pitch, I don’t know what’s going on in their head to even think about doing it. Regarding Glen Kamara, he’s not someone who is going to invent or react in a way that is unless it’s really necessary, ”Roofe said.
“What I get on social media, I still get it today. I posted a video yesterday and I get all the emojis and words. I don’t know when it’s going to end for me personally, but what can I do “I can’t do anything.”
“It’s true. People love football, for some it’s more important than family or whatever, they live and breathe football. There is a world bigger than the world of football, and the last season’s coronavirus put it all into perspective.
“We couldn’t play football anymore because there was something more important than football. It opened my eyes and sometimes in the football world you think you are untouchable and we can do things a little different, but there are still things to be done there like the coronavirus and racism which are far more important than football.
“These are the people who run UEFA. They have to do something and punish the culprits, otherwise nothing will change. Social media owners have to control their platforms, they have created something that you can use for good and evil, but they must control and manage it.
“It’s too easy for people to go on social media and mistreat someone else. Mental health is very important – some people can’t handle the comments I get. Lucky for me, I can. ignore it and get on with my business, but there are a lot of people who can’t do that. Something needs to be done by the owners of social media. “
Facebook on Wednesday announced that it is giving users the ability to control who can comment on their public posts in a bid to tackle abuse and harassment on their platforms.
In February, a A Twitter spokesperson referred to a corporate blog, in condemnation of racist behavior.
“We will continue to challenge this heinous behavior at the source with our football partners and other social media companies. We look forward to sharing updates on new tools soon to support those experiencing increased abuse and reduce the burden on victims of such behavior.
“We are committed to the Kick It Out initiative to fight hate online and look forward to continuing these discussions and developing solutions with our football partners.”
What prompted Roofe to join the Rangers?
Having been at clubs like Leeds United and Anderlecht, Roofe had no doubts about signing for Rangers, insisting it was an easy decision to sign for Steven Gerrard’s side.
“It’s the same as the other teams I’ve been on, the size of the club, the fan base, the history and the goof – a combination of those things with a lot of moves I’ve had. With Anderlecht, Leeds, Rangers it was an easy decision for me, I guess it’s silly for me, but the last thing I look at is the teammates and players they already have, the rest me sells it.
“The gaffer, the staff reminds me every day if I’m at the supermarket, the next door neighbor, anyone I see or talk to. I can’t wait for the fans to come back. It’s such a bummer. this season with what we have done, what we have achieved and the victories we have won, not being able to do it in front of a full house of 55,000 people.
“Even when you’re out on the pitch and looking down the bleachers, you see the seats and you get goosebumps just seeing it, and it’s fan-less.”
Memorable goals for Leeds and Rangers
Boxing Day 2018, Blackburn had just scored what he believed to be a winner at Elland Road in the dying embers of the match, until a brace from Roofe in the 91st and 94th minutes secured all three points for Leeds.
“I think it’s one of the days I’ll never forget in football. It was amazing. Scoring a goal anyway, you can’t beat it, but on a comeback when you have need to win at home, last minute it was crazy. I watch videos of this goal and celebrations every now and then – all of our players were running in different directions with emotion, it was class. week after we got Aston Villa and it was a last minute goal, amazing scenes again, ”Roofe said.
Speaking of goals we don’t forget, what about the one Roofe scored from the halfway line? Ally McCoist wanted the leader to win in the corner, but Roofe had other plans.
“The number of times I’ve tried to score that goal in practice or in a game is a laugh, you only remember when it actually comes in, so I was happy with that!”
Living in Scotland
Scotland is often the land of erratic weather, as McCoist knows all too well, but how has Roofe adjusted to the weather and what does he never forget to bring out with him?
“Every day I never leave my house without my winter coat. They must be thinking, “Does this guy never change?” I can’t take the risk, every time I go out of the house I wear my winter coat! “
“At that time, a lot of people were in shock. The emotions were strong – joyful, overwhelming. The next day was more of an awareness that we actually gained here, let’s be happy! ”
Many foreigners and spectators might underestimate how bitter the rivalry between Rangers and Celtic is, but especially what it means for fans and former players associated with the club to win their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years , claiming their prestigious 55th.
“It’s clear this season has given you a taste for success, which will hopefully continue with Rangers. For a long time, it’s so exciting for me to have a conversation with you because I’ve been ecstatic for 10 years. On behalf of the Rangers fans, I want to thank you, Tav (James Tavernier) and all the boys for what you’ve given us this season, ”said McCoist, ending the Super 6 podcast.
Listen to the full episode with Laura, Ally McCoist and Kemar Roofe on Spotify or Apple Podcasts now! Stay tuned for upcoming shows, which are available on all channels every Thursday.
If you’ve missed any previous episodes, don’t worry. You can listen to interviews with Jamie Carragher, Conor Coady, Michail Antonio, Declan Rice and Stuart Dallas, on YouTube or on Apple Podcasts.
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