Aberdeen players who broke lockdown rules by going to a bar have apologized for a “huge error in judgment”.
The eight players are Bruce Anderson, Craig Bryson, Sam Cosgrove, Michael Devlin, Jonny Hayes, Matthew Kennedy, Dylan McGeouch and Scott McKenna.
Two tested positive for Covid-19 and six are self-isolating after getting closer last Saturday.
The Dons Scottish Premiership game at St Johnstone on Saturday has been postponed accordingly.
“We apologize once again without reservation,” the eight players said in a joint statement.
“We, as a small group of players, made a huge error in judgment last weekend in thinking it was okay to visit a downtown venue together.
“None of us could have predicted the escalation of Covid-19 cases in the Grampian area. ”
The players said they did not “deliberately attempt to display or disobey government guidelines, which we all must adhere to, or even clear guidelines set by the club.”
“It was by no means a team night as has been described,” the statement added.
“While we have attempted to comply with government social distancing guidelines, we now recognize that our party of eight has exceeded the number of households allowed to reunite.
“It was a real mistake on our part as professional football players, and in doing so, we let down our manager. “
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon described herself as “quite angry”, adding that the eight players “have clearly broken the rules”.
“We would expect members of the public to behave very cautiously at this time and, when a football club comes up with players infected with Covid – and let us remember that it is not bad luck but by gross violations of the rules – we cannot take even the small risk that they will spread the infection to other parts of the country, ”she added.
A meeting between club directors, team captains and National Clinical Director Jason Leitch will take place on Monday.