Steven Gerrard’s cousin Anthony was sacked by Oldham after posting racist joke

Oldham Athletic sacked defender Anthony Gerrard for posting a racist joke in a players’ WhatsApp group, it’s emerged.

Gerrard – cousin of former Liverpool skipper and current Rangers boss Steve – had his contract terminated last month by the League Two club and has since signed for Carlisle.

Oldham confirmed in a statement that Gerrard was sacked for “gross misconduct arising from certain social media posts which brought the club into disrepute” with 12 months left on his deal.

It is understood the Latics were later informed that Gerrard had posted a tasteless joke about the Islamic holy period of Ramadan on the WhatsApp group.

That post is now being investigated by the FA.

Oldham refused to comment further than their original statement on the specifics of Gerrard’s departure.

Liverpool-born Gerrard, a former Republic of Ireland youth international, had 14 days to appeal the decision.

But he has not taken up that option and is now playing for the Latics’ League Two rivals Carlisle on a short-term deal.

The experienced centre-back began his career at Everton but left Goodison Park without making an appearance.

He has played for Accrington Stanley, Walsall, Cardiff , Hull and Shrewsbury as well as having three separate spells with Oldham.

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