SFA drop charge against Ross County player Michael Gardyne for abusing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

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MCHAEL Gardyne, the Ross County midfielder, has been cleared of abusing Alfredo Morelos, the Rangers striker, after an SFA charge against him was dropped.

Rangers players reacted angrily to a comment – which was alleged to be a homophobic slur – by Gardyne during a Premiership match in Dingwall on Sunday, December 6.

County launched an internal investigation into the incident and decided to take no action against their player – but he was cited by SFA compliance officer Clare Whyte last month.  

He was accused of breaching the SFA rule that says players and officials should not use “threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour”.

But the charge has now been dropped.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard stated after the County match last month that “what was apparently said doesn’t belong on a football pitch”.

He added: “Look, there’s no place for it. There’s a campaign for this kind of stuff to get it eradicated out of the game. We want to be at the forefront of backing these campaigns.”

Gardyne’s agent Tom Callaghan later insisted the player had called Morelos a “f***y”.

A County statement on December 14 read: “Following an incident involving Michael Gardyne during our recent home fixture against Rangers the club has now concluded an internal investigation.

“As a result the club will be taking no further action against the player and no further comment will be made.”

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