Gavin Gunning released by Dundee United

Gunning's time at Dundee United has come to an end. Picture: SNS

Gunning's time at Dundee United has come to an end. Picture: SNS

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Controversial centre back Gavin Gunning has been released from his contract at Dundee United three days after a bizarre incident in which the Irishman picked up the ball during play.

With United 2-0 down to Inverness, Gunning received a short pass by bending down, picking up the ball and then walking from the field of play.

As he made his way down to the tunnel following his substitution he was loudly booed by his own support.

His contract was originally due to expire in the summer, though United have now decided to terminate it two months early.

They would not comment on whether the decision had anything to do with Gunning’s antics this past Saturday.

A statement 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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