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Minister Kulhánek officially asked the Scottish Football Association for an apology for the inappropriate attacks on Czech children


On Monday, 4 October 2021, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakub Kulhánek (ČSSD) summoned British Ambassador to the Czech Republic Nick Archer to the Czernin Palace to discuss the statement made by a Scottish Football Association official after the Sparta Prague – Glasgow Rangers match comparing Czech children to rotten fruit.

"I understand that a sports match brings various emotions that can be transferred off the pitch; however, even that has its limits and must not turn into xenophobic insults aimed at minors," Minister Kulhánek said in connection with the statement of the Scottish Football Association's advisor for equality and diversity. After a highly charged match between Sparta Prague and Glasgow Rangers, he went on social media and insulted Czech children attending the match at the stadium.

"Therefore, I asked for an apology or a clear distancing from the person who publicly likened Czech children to rotten fruit. I asked the ambassador today to transmit my request to the Scottish Football Association," said the head of Czech diplomacy.

Today, Minister Kulhánek assured the British ambassador that the Czech Republic is very interested in long-term excellent relations with Great Britain. However, he expressed concern about the increasingly frequent verbal, sometimes physical, attacks on citizens from Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland, Slovakia, but also the Czech Republic. "And then there comes a strong and distasteful attack on Czech children. If such statements are permitted without a response, without criticism and without condemnation, then there may come a time when I will be concerned about the safety of Czech students and citizens in Great Britain. I believe that the representatives of the Scottish Football Association will understand the situation and contribute to an easing of tensions by making the required apology and ceasing to incite hatred towards our country and its citizens," Minister Kulhánek added.