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Goal-hero Beasley stunned by racist abuse

Rangers goal hero DaMarcus Beasley has urged FIFA and UEFA to take action after he was subjected to racist taunts during the 1-0 victory over FK Zeta.

The home crowd targeted United States international Beasley and team-mate Jean-Claude Darcheville for abuse during the Champions League qualifier.

UEFA's delegate at the match included the incident in his report and Zeta could face heavy punishment.

Former PSV Eindhoven winger Beasley, who hit the 81st-minute winner, said: 'That's something FIFA and UEFA must fight with, and solve.

'This is the 21st century, and we are still having trouble with it.

'That's not normal, not just for us, black players, that's not normal for all other normal people.

'I've faced that kind of situation throughout my whole career in Europe, not so much during my playing days in England, but even in Holland I've had similar problems.

'There, at PSV, the club's management held meetings with me, trying to solve that together, but, things happened, especially at some European matches.'

UEFA will also consider incidents in which bottles were thrown from a stand containing home supporters when Zeta were denied a penalty in the second half, and an incident of substitute Charlie Adam being struck by a lighter.

Red Star Belgrade could be the next opponents for Rangers in the Champions League.

The Serbian side lead Levadia Tallinn 1-0 after the first leg and face a tricky test in Estonia on Wednesday evening.

Beasley recalled a Champions League qualifier he played for PSV against Red Star in August 2004, when he also came in for abuse.

He said: 'I remember playing against Red Star Belgrade, and I mention them as they could be our next opponents in the Champions League, and I still remember some racist chants at that away match.

'As a club (PSV), we did our best to point our finger at that problem, we warned UEFA on that, but I can't remember if there was any serious reaction after it.

'Maybe I'm wrong, but despite that, I'm sure that UEFA, and FIFA, are doing their best, too, to kick racism out of football, as it is necessary for us all to play in healthy sport.

'It sickens to hear these chants but when you are on the pitch you have to try to blank it out. It degrades the game for everyone.

'I will discuss the situation with Rangers because I feel strongly about it and we will decide if we should file a complaint.'

There were no reported incidents of Rangers supporters misbehaving during Tuesday night's game. They had been warned that any incidents of sectarian chanting could result in strong-handed UEFA action against the club.