Dundee United’s Ryan Edwards has defended his horror challenge on Rangers star Alfredo Morelos which left the Ibrox striker needing stitches in a gash in his leg, by insisting he won the ball and never deliberately tried to hurt the Colombian.
Morelos was stretchered off after Edwards’ knee-high challenge, leaving Rangers boss Steven Gerrard fuming and now facing an SFA charge for comments he made after the game.
Edwards admits there “might have been” a follow-through but “didn’t see anything wrong” with the challenge in the 4-0 Rangers win.
“As I have said, I never have and never will go out to try and hurt somebody deliberately,” Edwards said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I went to take the ball and I have taken the ball.
“There might have been a follow-through naturally as your body does but I didn’t see anything wrong and in my opinion, it was never worthy of a red card.”
Morelos, thankfully, didn’t suffer any serious injury but it could have been much worse for the Colombian than it ended up being.
Incredibly, a panel of former officials were split on whether it was worthy of a red card which allowed the Tannadice star to avoid retrospective action.
As Steven Gerrard said at the time, it would have been very interesting to see whether Morelos would have been sent off had he been the one making that challenge – and the likelihood is that referee Kevin Clancy would’ve had his red card our before the challenge was even completed.