Gunning has been released.

Dundee United release Gavin Gunning after his bizarre handball

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Can you remember playing football in the park as a kid and whoever owned the ball ruled everything?

He could decide the teams, decide who was allowed to play and the game ended when his tea was ready. After his Mum had called him, he would just pick up the ball and walk home, leaving the rest of the players frantically searching for another ball to play with.

He would just pick up the ball and walk home, leaving the rest of the players frantically searching for another ball to play with.


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Well, that’s exactly what happened at the weekend. No, not down the park but in a professional match.

Dundee United’s Gavin Gunning hit the headlines after he inexplicably picked up the football during their match with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and just walked off the pitch.

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Nobody knew what he was doing with the Inverness players complaining to the referee pleading for a free-kick for handball.

After walking off the pitch, Gunning walked back on before falling on the floor and receiving treatment from the physio.

Watch the incredible footage below.

Remarkably, Gunning didn’t even receive a yellow card for his act - just a substitution and abuse from his own fans.

As he was walking off the pitch, the home crowd were shouting and jeering while he, stupidly, decided to sarcastically clap them.

Gunning was obviously frustrated at picking up an injury but his club haven’t sympathised.

That’s because Dundee United have released the defender following his actions at the weekend.

A brief statement from the club read: “Gavin Gunning has left Dundee United by mutual consent. This is a private matter and the club will not make any further comment.”

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The astonishing incident compounds a miserable season for the Scottish club. They are eight points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, having won just six of their 33 matches.

Gunning’s football career hasn’t been particularly impressive and these headlines are unlikely to help him find a club.

The 25-year-old began life at Blackburn but failed to make an appearance in his three years there, while loan spells at Tranmere, Rotherham, Bury and Motherwell weren’t particularly successful.

He was signed by Dundee United in 2011 and he managed three seasons at the club in the Premiership before being released in 2014.

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Birmingham signed him in 2014 but he only managed one appearance - in the League Cup - after being sidelined with a serious knee injury.

He started this campaign at Oldham but only managed a solitary league cup appearance before Dundee United re-signed him in November.

But five months, and 19 appearances later, it seems that the Irishman is back on the lookout for another club.

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