The SFA will investigate claims that Ross County player Michael Gardyne made a ‘homophobic slur’ during the clash with Rangers on Sunday.
Kemar Roofe and James Tavernier scored before Callum Morris turned the ball into his own net and Jermain Defoe added another as the Gers won 4-0 at Victoria Park.
Just before half-time, Connor Goldson and Glen Kamara were seen talking to the referee and Steven Gerrard spoke to the fourth official as it seemed that something untoward had been said by one of the Staggies players.
SFA’s compliance officer investigating claims of a homophobic slur made by Ross County’s Michael Gardyne in match v Rangers
— Raman Bhardwaj (@ramanbhardwajTV) December 7, 2020
On Tuesday afternoon, journalist Raman Bhardwaj tweeted that Scottish FA would be investigating the claims.
He tweeted, “SFA’s compliance officer investigating claims of a homophobic slur made by Ross County’s Michael Gardyne in match v Rangers.”
Glasgow Times quote Gerrard as saying after the game, “What was apparently said doesn’t belong on a football pitch.”
Of course, we will have to wait for the SFA’s investigation to play out but it should go without saying that homophobia has no place in football and if these claims are proved to be true then the Gers players did the correct thing in complaining to the referee.
Interestingly, Gardyne was booked following the complaints from Rangers but it is unclear what he was booked for.
Staggies boss Stuart Kettlewell said that he knows why Gardyne was cautioned by claimed that the referee didn’t suggest that anything homophobic was said.
Glasgow Times quote Kettlewell as saying, “What I do know is what the referee has booked him for. I heard him confirming that at half-time in the tunnel and it wouldn’t suggest it was anything more than that.”
This would suggest that the referee didn’t hear what Gardyne allegedly said as, if he had heard anything homophobic, he would’ve surely sent the Ross County player off.
Rangers fans will wait for the outcome of the investigation but it is worth stating again that there is no place for homophobia, or any discrimination, in football.
In other Rangers news, Sky Sports have provided a major update on the future of reported Gers target Jesse Lingard.