Kemar Roofe shut OUT of Rangers’ Champions League qualifying campaign next season as UEFA upheld its four-game ban for ‘attacking’ Ondrej Kolar – leaving Slavia Prague goalkeeper with a skull fracture
- Kemar Roofe was sent off during Rangers’ ill-tempered clash with Slavia Prague
- He was sent off after planting his studs in goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar’s face
- The striker has rejected his appeal against UEFA’s four-game ban
Kemar Roofe has been banned from the Rangers’ qualifying bid for the Champions League after UEFA rejected an appeal against his four-game ban for ‘attacking’ Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.
Roofe was sent off during Rangers’ controversial 2-0 Europa League defeat to the Czech side in March after planting his studs in Kolar’s face.
The Czech goalkeeper was left with a skull fracture, but Rangers announced they would challenge Roofe’s ban, claiming the punishment was ‘severe’.
Kemar Roofe (center) maintained his four-game UEFA ban for this challenge in March
Ondrej Kolar (left) suffered gruesome eye cuts and skull fracture after Roofe’s shocking tackle
In a statement, however, UEFA confirmed that the original sanction would continue to apply.
“Rangers FC’s appeal has been rejected,” it said. Accordingly, the decision of the UEFA Body of Control, Ethics and Discipline (CEDB) of April 13, 2021 is confirmed.
“The CEDB had decided to suspend the Rangers FC player, Mr. Kemar Roofe, from four (4) UEFA club league matches that he would otherwise qualify for because he had attacked another player dangerously.”
The former ace of Leeds and Anderlecht will now have to sit out while Gerrard’s team starts their qualifying bid.
Steven Gerrard’s newly crowned champions begin their quest to return to the group stage of the continent’s premier club competition for the first time in ten years on August 3, as they enter the third qualifying round.
Roofe was one of two Rangers players who were sent away on a tough night for Steven Gerrard’s men
Roofe’s horror challenge was the first flashpoint on a hugely controversial night in Ibrox.
Glen Kamara and his teammates reacted furiously after the Gers midfielder was allegedly racially abused by Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela.
Kudela was banned for 10 games – excluding him from this summer’s European Championship if his appeal against the ban is unsuccessful – while Kamara was also punished with a three-game ban for allegedly attacking Kudela in the Ibrox tunnel after the match. .
Rangers have also appealed that ban, but UEFA has yet to announce their decision.