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Sport Exactly what Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said to spark SFA action as his Alfredo Morelos line leads to charge

19:30  23 september  2020
19:30  23 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Rangers were left "bemused" and "perplexed" on Wednesday as the SFA dished out a notice of complaint to boss Steven Gerrard.

The Ibrox club issued a swift statement condemning the decision to charge their manager over post-match comments following the win over Dundee United.

Ryan Edwards catching Alfredo Morelos and leaving the striker with a gash on his leg emerged as the main talking point from Rangers' 4-0 win.

No foul was awarded by referee Kevin Clancy after Edwards followed through on a clearance and his studs caught the Colombian's leg, requiring him to be stretchered off.

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Gerrard refused to say the United man should have been sent off, nor did he call for further action to be taken against him.

He did, however, suggest that if roles had been reversed Morelos would have been in bother.

Compliance officer Clare Whyte did ask an independent panel of three former referees to assess the incident, but they could not reach an unanimous verdict.

Gerrard's view prompted the SFA to act under disciplinary rule 72, which prohibits criticising officials' performance in a way that implies bias or incompetence.

Rangers vowed to strong contest a charge they branded "bizarre".

Morelos has been sent off numerous times during his Rangers career and it was clear Gerrard felt he may not have been afforded a benefit of the doubt in the same scenario.

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United’s Ryan Edwards last Saturday.

But what did he actually say?

Managers often given several interviews post-match including with the written press and their club's own in-house channel.

Gerrard spoke to both and made broadly similar comments, where he insisted he didn't want to see Edwards punished.

But on each occasion he did speculate whether the outcome would have been different for Morelos.

To the assembled press, Gerrard said: "I don't want to make any headlines and say the kid should have got this, or should have got that. I don't want to be that type of manager. But what I would say is I'd be very interested to see what the decision would have been from the officials if the shoe was on the other foot and it was Alfredo who's made that tackle."

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And, on Rangers TV, Gerrard was asked what - if anything - he'd seen in the incident: "I only got a good view of it after the game. There's obviously a follow through there, I don't want to stand here and say a kid should be sent off, of course I don't.

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"What would be interesting is if it was the other way around what the decision would have been."

Gerrard's hearing has been set for Thursday, October 8.

And the club were incredulous to learn their manager had been charged.

In a statement, they said: " Rangers are bemused that a notice of complaint has been raised against Steven Gerrard, for comments relating to the challenge which caused injury to Alfredo Morelos.

"This is a bizarre charge which we will robustly contest at the scheduled hearing.

"As is often the case, Steven Gerrard was asked for his view on a flashpoint in the match, with leading questions relating to the challenge that caused the injury and whether it should have been deemed a red card.

"On several occasions, he refused to do so.

"Given the wide range of incidents in Scottish football so far this season, we are perplexed that this issue has been raised and cited for complaint.

"Whilst our national sport faces an unprecedented crisis, it is baffling that resources are used to charge Rangers’ manager based on a flawed and inaccurate interpretation of Steven Gerrard’s remarks.

"Rangers will fully support its manager against this charge during the scheduled hearing."

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