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MORELOS ‘RACIALLY ABUSED’, SAY GERS

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RANGERS believe Alfredo Morelos was racially abused by a group of supporters during the Ibrox side’s 2-1 Glasgow derby triumph over Celtic at Parkhead on Sunday, as reported in Sky Sports News.

The Colombian striker was red-carded in stoppage time as the team won in the east end of Glasgow for the first time since 2010.

Morelos, who was sent packing following two yellow-card offences, appeared to make a gesture with his hand across his throat towards home fans as he trudged off the pitch.

A Rangers spokesman said: “We believe Alfredo was racially abused and we would expect now that all measures will be taken to identify and deal with those responsible.”

Celtic replied in a statement: “We are aware of the gestures made by the player towards Celtic supporters.

“We have received no reports of any racial abuse, but would fully investigate any should these be brought to our attention.”

Morelos was also banished at the ground in March after an off-the-ball incident with Hoops skipper Scott Brown which was spotted by the assistant referee and match official Bobby Madden flashed a straight red at the 23-year-old volatile attacker.

He has been sent off an astonishing SEVEN times in his Gers career and the weekend dismissal was his second in his second start following a red card at Motherwell for a gesture to the home support.

Rangers moved to within two points of the champions with a game in hand after Nikola Katic’s header sealed victory in the 56th minute.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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