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Rangers’ Kemar Roofe Sent Off For Shocking Challenge On Goalkeeper

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Rangers’ Kemar Roofe Sent Off For Shocking Challenge On Goalkeeper

Rangers forward Kemar Roofe was shown a straight red card for a wild challenge that left Slavia Prague's goalkeeper bloody.

Steven Gerard's side were down to nine men by the end of the game at Ibrox, which saw them exit the Europa League - and the first red card from Roofe was a shocker. The 28-year-old had only come of the bench six minutes earlier, before he was rapidly making his way back off the pitch.

Roofe was chasing a ball into the area when Ondrej Kolar came to claim it. Roofe raised a boot to get the ball - made contact - but followed through right into the face of the goalkeeper. Brutal.

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To be fair to Roofe, his eyes were on the ball throughout. But obviously a player must take responsibility for where his boots land - and this was incredibly dangerous, as it left Kolar bleeding from the head.

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The referee brandished a red card immediately and Rangers could have absolutely no complaints.

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Leon Balogun was then shown a red card (for a second booking rather than anything so outrageous as Roofe's challenge) leaving Rangers 1-0 down and up against it.

A spectacular free-kick from Nicolae Stanciu gave Slavia Prague a 2-0 lead on the night - 3-1 on aggregate - and sealed a place in the quarter-finals against the newly crowned Scottish champions.

Featured image credit: BT Sport

Topics: Europa League, Rangers

Alex Reid
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