Rangers 'baffled' over 'bizarre' Steven Gerrard SFA charge for Alfredo Morelos comments

Gerrard queried a challenge on the Colombian striker which escaped punishment

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 3:51 pm
Rangers left 'baffled' by SFA notice of complaint over Steven Gerrard comments. Picture: SNS
Rangers left 'baffled' by SFA notice of complaint over Steven Gerrard comments. Picture: SNS

Rangers will “robustly contest” a charge levelled against manager Steven Gerrard by the Scottish FA for comments over a challenge on Alfredo Morelos earlier this month.

The Ibrox boss has been issued with a notice of complaint after he sought to defend his player in the aftermath of a robust tackle.

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Morelos was left with a nasty gash on his leg following a high follow through from Dundee United defender Ryan Edwards in the clash at Ibrox. It saw the striker substituted.

Edwards escaped punishment from referee Kevin Clancy and Gerrard queried what the decision would have been if it was the other way around.

He said: “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.

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

The comments have brought about the notice of complaint which the club have labelled “bizarre”.

A statement on the club’s website read: “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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