NO further action will be taken against Ross County midfielder Michael Gardyine following an incident in the 4-0 loss to Rangers in Dingwall this month.

The Highland club are satisfied there is no case to answer after it was alleged the player had made a homophobic remark shortly before half-time following a challenge by his skipper Iain Vigurs on Gers striker Alfredo Morelos.

Ibrox centre-back Connor Goldson reacted, with his manager Steven Gerrard saying after the match the alleged comment should not be heard on a football pitch.

Gardyne was reported to have denied using any homophobic or racial slur through his representative.

The Highland club’s chief executive Steven Ferguson said they would carry out their own investigation into what happened.

With referee John Beaton booking Gardyne for using foul and abusive language at the time, County have now determined that punishment was sufficient.

A statement said: “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.”


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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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