One event, very different interpretations

The case study of the AC Sparta Praha vs. Rangers FC football match coverage in Scottish, nationwide UK, and Czech media




football, sports journalism, race, ethnicity, content analysis, discourse analysis


Based on a mixed method approach (content analysis and CDA), this article examines the media coverage of a football game between AC Sparta Praha and Rangers FC, played in Prague in the autumn of 2021, that was followed by heavily mediated discussion regard- ing the controversial booing of Rangers FC player Glen Kamara, who was sent off from the game after having been given a red card due to a pair of fouls. The audience in attendance was accused of Kamara’s racist abuse, but the UEFA later decided that there was insuf- ficient evidence of racism at the match. This case study focuses on the media coverage in Scottish, Czech, and UK nationwide media, as well as related discussions on Twitter. We revealed competing constructions of reality depending on diverse interpretations of the facts and lack of intercultural understanding.

Author Biographies

Alice Nemcova Tejkalova, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Associate Professor, Head of Journalism Department, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Anna Hrbáčková, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

PhD. candidate, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Veronika Macková, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Assistant Professor, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Ondřej Trunečka, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Assistant Professor, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Kateřina Turková, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Assistant Professor, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University


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How to Cite

Nemcova Tejkalova, A., Hrbáčková, A., Macková, V., Trunečka, O., & Turková, K. (2023). One event, very different interpretations: The case study of the AC Sparta Praha vs. Rangers FC football match coverage in Scottish, nationwide UK, and Czech media. MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, 39(75), 053–075.