Celtic and Aberdeen are not expected to play any matches this week after their players broke lockdown rules, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.
Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli flew to Spain unbeknownst to the club, failed to self-quarantine, and then played in Sunday’s game against Kilmarnock.
Ms. Sturgeon said it was a “flagrant violation” of the guidelines.
Eight Aberdeen players broke lockdown rules the previous weekend by visiting a bar together.
Ms Surgeon told her daily briefing: “At a minimum, you shouldn’t expect to see Aberdeen or Celtic play in the coming week. “
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The prime minister said she did not want rule-abiding clubs and players, as well as supporters, to be punished for individual infractions.
But she warned: “Think about the yellow card today. Next time it will be the red card because you will not give us a choice. “
Which matches were scheduled?
- St Mirren v Celtic – Wednesday August 12 at 6:00 p.m.
- Aberdeen v Hamilton – Wednesday August 12 at 7:45 p.m.
- Celtic v Aberdeen – Saturday August 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Ms Sturgeon said news of the Bolingoli violation emerged as National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch held a meeting with managers and captains of top Scottish clubs to reinforce the importance of the guidelines.
She said, “It’s just not acceptable.
“Every day I stand here and ask members of the public to make huge sacrifices in the way they live their lives. The vast majority do and it is not easy. We can’t let privileged soccer players just decide they won’t mind it. It cannot continue. ”
Discussions are continuing with football authorities, and an update is expected later Tuesday.
Apologies from the Celtic player
Ms Sturgeon said “very clear penalties” will be put in place for players and clubs for rule violations.
Professor Leitch said footballers who flout the rules not only pose a risk to public health but also endanger the return of all elite sports.
Bolingoli played in Sunday’s game against Kilmarnock even though he should have isolated himself.
The defender said he was “guilty of an error in judgment” and apologized.
Celtic apologized and said his actions were “beyond explanation”. All players and backstage staff have since been tested twice and returned negative results.
Eight Aberdeen players have apologized for visiting a bar in the center of a Covid-19 outbreak.
Two of the players have subsequently tested positive for the virus, while six are currently self-isolating.