The Scottish FA have decided not to prosecute Michael Gardyne following his alleged homophobic slur towards Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.
Gardyne unpunished for Morelos incident
The Ross County defender had reportedly verbally abused the Ibrox outfit’s forward during the Gers’ 4-0 victory on December 6th, although he denied the accusation.
At the time, Steven Gerrard and Connor Goldson were both infuriated by the alleged slur, but the governing body in Scotland have decided not to prosecute Gardyne (Sky Sports).
Hard to swallow
This was obviously a hard situation for the authority. Ross County themselves took no action against the player, and although Gardyne was booked for foul and abusive language, it was not indicated in the match report as to exactly what the 35-year-old had actually said to Morelos. Still, the fact that he was booked for foul and abusive language, yet not prosecuted for the incident is somewhat surprising, but the SFA have deemed the matter to be resolved.
Should Gardyne have been prosecuted?
The Gers will no doubt feel a sense of injustice, probably because of the player involved. Morelos is a controversial figure in Scottish football, with some believing that his reputation means he is judged differently compared to others. After a bad tackle on the £10.8m-valued 24-year-old (Transfermarkt) by a Dundee United player was not met with a red card, Gerrard suggested after the match that Morelos would have received his marching orders had he been the one to commit such a foul (Glasgow Live).
Either way, this is not something the Gers or the striker should worry themselves about. The matter now, it seems, is closed, and we will perhaps never know exactly what was said.
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