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Men’s football Wales players prepared to walk off if subjected to racist abuse

Manager Page says there will be ‘zero tolerance’ if abuse such as that faced by Rangers’ Glen Kamara is repeated tomorrow

WALES boss Robert Page has said that his players are prepared to walk off the pitch if they encounter “unacceptable” racial abuse in their World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic tomorrow night.

Page’s side head to Prague just a week after Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara was subjected to racial abuse during a Europa League game in the Czech capital.

Asked how Wales, who have five black players in their squad, would react to receiving similar abuse at the Sinobo Stadium, Page said there would be zero tolerance.

“There’s protocols put in place and every single player in that dressing room will know they’re backed and supported by the right governing bodies,” he said.

“If action needs to be taken we absolutely will do that as a group. We won’t stand for it and there will be zero tolerance for any racial abuse.

“We will take the knee because that’s what we think is the right message to continue to show.

“How the crowd react, we can’t influence that. But what we will do is conduct ourselves in the right and proper manner. We know as a group what’s acceptable and what’s not.”

In the wake of England players being racially abused in Hungary last month, Wales captain Gareth Bale said that he would support his players in walking off the pitch in the face of similar behaviour.

Page said he fully endorsed the view of the Real Madrid forward, who misses out on collecting his 100th cap in Prague through injury.

“We all stand together and if it needs to be done then we’re absolutely prepared to do it,” the manager said of potentially leaving the pitch.

Uefa has opened an investigation into the events surrounding last week’s Sparta Prague-Rangers tie, which sparked a diplomatic incident between the Czech Republic and Britain.

Sparta fans were banned following racist abuse of Monaco’s Aurelius Tchouameni in August, but about 10,000 schoolchildren were permitted to attend the game and Kamara — who was on the receiving end of a racist slur from Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela in March — was targeted with what the Scotland players’ union branded “sickening abuse.”

Sparta called for “xenophobic attacks” on the children to stop and the British ambassador to the Czech Republic was summoned to a meeting by the country’s foreign minister.

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