No internal action for Gardyne after Ross County investigate Rangers 'homophobic' allegations

Ross County have cleared Michael Gardyne of using a homophobic slur during this month's clash with Rangers.

Michael Gardyne will have no action against him from his employers (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Michael Gardyne will have no action against him from his employers (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

The veteran midfielder found himself at the centre of accusations during his side's 4-0 defeat following a clash with Alfredo Morelos.

The incident happened just before half-time, with Gers defender Connor Goldson reacting furiously to something Gardyne said.

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Goldson could be seen remonstrating with referee John Beaton, while Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard marched onto the pitch at half-time to confront the official.

The incident occurred just before half-time (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

Beaton did book the County player for using "foul and abusive language" but the PA news agency understands there was nothing picked up by either the officials or the nearby TV microphones which would have merited stronger action. Gardyne's agent Tom Callaghan insists the only phrase his client used was "f***y".

And now the Staggies have decided no further action is required against their own player following an internal investigation.

The Dingwall club said in a statement: "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."

Steven Gerrard raised the issue at full-time (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

It has been reported that Scottish Football Association compliance officer Claire Whyte was considering her own investigation but Hampden chiefs have yet to confirm if action will be taken.

Speaking at the time, Gerrard said: "What my players are saying they heard, it shouldn't be heard on a football pitch. That's all I'm going to say on it."

But County boss Stuart Kettlewell said after the match: "I can't confirm or deny anything at this stage.

"What I do know is what the referee booked him for, I heard him confirm that in the tunnel at half-time. It wouldn't suggest that it was anything more than that.

"I'll need to get to the bottom of that myself and find out exactly the words that are said as I'm trying to concentrate on the game.

Rangers won the game 4-0 with goals from Kemar Roofe, James Tavernier, Jermaine Defoe and a Calum Morris own goal.

County face Livingston in the Betfred Cup on Wednesday night.

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