Goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar’s sickening head wound has been revealed in a confronting photo following an ugly collision on Friday morning (AEDT).
The Slavia Prague keeper was kicked in the head by flying Rangers star Kemar Roofe in their Europa League battle, won by the Czech side 2-0.
However, the result has been overshadowed by the moment Kolar had to be taken off the field on a stretcher with blood dripping through the towel covering his forehead.
Roofe was sent-off on the spot with a straight red card following the studded boot to Kolar’s face.
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The Rangers striker was brought on to replace Scott Arfield in the 55th minute — but only lasted six minutes before he was sent off.
Replays showed Roofe had his eye on the ball and that it was a purely accidental challenge. However, the clumsiness of the challenge has left football commentators furious.
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Images later emerged showing the keeper had sustained a nasty gash about three inches long on his forehead, as well as another wound under his eye.
Thankfully, he returned to the Slavia dugout with bandages on his face to watch the rest of the match – a 2-0 win that sent Rangers crashing out – alongside his teammates.
Slavia were forced to replace the goalie with 18-year-old keeper Matyas Vagner, The Sun reports.
Speaking on the BBC’s Sportsound show, ex-Rangers player Charlie Adam said of the challenge: “That is indefensible.
“If Roofe goes with his head, he’s got more chance of the goalkeeper taking him out and winning a penalty.”
Rangers hero Peter Lovenkrands added: “Roofe can easily kick that ball and bring his foot down.
“To me, I think he can get his foot out of the way of the goalkeepers head. It’s a definite red card.”
The defeat has sent Rangers crashing out of the Europa League.