Sparta Prague will allow fans to play Rangers for FREE

RANGERS will play in front of a stadium full of children next week in the Europa League.

It comes after Sparta Prague received permission from UEFA to allow children to take part in the game despite the match being officially closed.


Sparta Prague Letna StadiumCredit: Getty
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard


Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard brings his Light Blues side back to the Czech Republic in the second round of the competition’s group stage fixtures.

It will be the second time in two years after they were knocked out by city rivals Slavia Prague in the round of 16 last season.

The game was supposed to take place in an empty Letna stadium because UEFA ordered the punishment after Sparta’s Champions League third qualifying round tie at home to Monaco last month.

A group of supporters chanted monkey chants at Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni after he scored the first goal in the first half and then at the end of the match.

The match was stopped for three minutes.

However, they have now been allowed to only allow youngsters into the stadium, with only adults supervising children also permitted.

Sparta said: “Due to the punishment for the racist behavior of some of our supporters during the home game against Monaco, no adult supporters are allowed in the stadium.

“But there is an exception for organized children’s groups and we want to use that – 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 at least ten children and a maximum of 19.

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“Admission is completely free for children and their companions.”

Meanwhile, Gerrard admits his team needs to upgrade soon in the attacking areas.

Speaking after Rangers’ 1-1 draw with Motherwell, he said: “Obviously we need Ryan Kent back as soon as possible and back fully fit.

“And we have to get Morelos in top form.

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“Because if you look at the first eight or nine games, we don’t have a top scorer who jumps or a top passer who jumps.

“That’s what we’re going to need going forward.

“So I’m going to challenge all the boys in the final third, like I do, and hopefully we can become a bit more of a killer team.

“Because we’re doing it too often and not rewarding ourselves, which is a bit of a concern right now.”

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