Dundee United defender Ryan Edwards won’t face retrospective action for his horror challenge on Rangers star Alfredo Morelos at the weekend after three former officials failed to agree it merited action by the Scottish FA’s compliance officer.
Morelos was stretchered off with a gaping wound in his thigh after Edward’s ridiculous challenge, which referee Kevin Clancy never even awarded a free-kick for, and is a doubt for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Lincoln Red Imps.
Alfredo Morelos looks to have sustained a nasty injury after this challenge from Ryan Edwards.
Kevin Clancy didn’t brandish a card but is the Dundee United man lucky not to see red?
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The compliance officer had until 3pm today to raise a charge against Edward but with the deadline now passed, he is in the clear.
Gers boss Steven Gerrard was furious after the match and admitted he would have been keen to see the reaction had the roles been reversed and it been the Colombian who was guilty of the challenge.
“I don’t want to make headlines and say a kid should have got this or that. I don’t want to be that type of manager,” the Gers boss said after the game.
“What I would say is that I’d be very interested to see what the decision would have been from the officials had the shoe been on the other foot and it was Alfredo who had made that tackle.”
Morelos was one of four Rangers players injured on Saturday with Leon Balogun hurt in the warm-up before Ryan Jack and Brandon Barker both limped off before the 20-minute mark.
The Rangers star joined his team-mates on the flight to Gibraltar this afternoon for the meeting with Lincoln Red Imps on Thursday but it remains to be seen if he’ll be fit enough to play,