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Gerrard accepts one-match ban for ref tirade after Morelos controversy

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teven Gerrard has accepted a one-match ban as punishment for his foul-mouthed outburst after referee John Beaton booked Alfredo Morelos during Rangers‘ win at Livingston on Wednesday.

The Ibrox boss had been charged with “misconduct” after marching on to the pitch to confront the official at half-time during the 1-0 victroy – but accepting the ban means he will be free to lead Rangers out at Celtic Park later this month.

The 1-0 victory means Rangers will be crowned champions this weekend if they beat St Mirren on Saturday and Celtic slip up away to Dundee United the following day.

If the Hoops triumph at Tannadice, Rangers could clinch the title at Parkhead on March 21 and Gerrard will be able to take his place on the touchline.

Rangers confirmed on Friday evening that Gerrard has accepted the touchline ban, meaning he is set to be in the stands for the visit of St Mirren on Saturday.

Gerrard told the club’s website: “After the game, I immediately apologised for my part in the incident at half-time in our game v Livingston.

“I reiterate that apology and accept a one-game suspension. As a club, we were extremely disappointed in the attitude displayed by the referee.

“We expect to have the ability for managers and officials to have discussion, but frustratingly, the referee was not forthcoming. This has also been noted by other managers in recent weeks.

“After my apology post match, I expected the referee to call to apologise for his part in the incident but I didn’t hear from him.


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