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Celtic & Aberdeen Charged & Fined By SPFL For COVID Breaches

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Not sure if this could mean a fine and match points deductions on the games cancelled?

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The SPFL has begun disciplinary action against Aberdeen and Celtic for alleged breaches of Covid-19 protocol.

Celtic defender Boli Bongoli and the eight Aberdeen players who broke lockdown have been issued with two Scottish FA charges - for bringing football into disrepute and failing to comply with the laws of the game.

Bolingoli played on Sunday despite not quarantining after a trip to Spain.

Aberdeen have "severely reprimanded and fined heavily" their eight players.

Two of them tested positive for Covid-19, and the six others also had to self-isolate, after a visit to a city-centre bar.

Aberdeen have had three Scottish Premiership matches postponed as a result of the breach of guidelines, with Celtic's two league fixtures this week also called off on the Scottish government's insistence.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scottish football is on its final warning, just two weeks into the new Premiership season.

A Scottish FA hearing date has been set for 28 August for the nine players.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53783017

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Clubs will be forced to have their players wearing electronic tags to know where they are at all times I guess...

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Aberdeen and Celtic both fined £30,000 for the breaches. £8k each to go to the SPFL Trust. The remaining £22k suspended. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54235095

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Aberdeen and Celtic have been fined £30,000 by the SPFL after players from both clubs breached Covid-19 rules.

Eight Aberdeen players visited a bar, where two contracted the virus, leading to the postponement of three Scottish Premiership matches.

Celtic had two games delayed when Boli Bolingoli went to Spain, and played against Kilmarnock without entering quarantine on his return.

The clubs are required to pay £8,000 to the SPFL Trust.

The remaining £22,000 each will only be due to the league's charitable arm if there are further breaches by the clubs before the end of the season.

In a statement, the SPFL said both clubs "offered substantial evidence in mitigation" after they were charged separately for their players' actions.

A spokesman added that both "had gone to enormous lengths to ensure that their players adhered to all relevant requirements and protocols relating to Covid-19" which is why the majority of the fine is suspended.

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack said the punishment is a "fair outcome".

"They have taken into account the measures we have since put in place to reinforce these with all our staff and players," he added. "The whole regrettable incident is now well and truly behind us."

The 'Aberdeen eight' were given a suspended three-game ban last month by the Scottish FA for their actions while Celtic's Bolingoli, who has since moved to Istanbul Basaksehir on loan, was banned for three matches with a further two suspended.

 

 

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There's a reason footballers don't have a great reputation for intelligence...

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1 hour ago, ScoRoss said:

There's a reason footballers don't have a great reputation for intelligence...

Bloody idiots.

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Celtic trying their best to have the season suspended...

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How they were allowed to go to Dubai I do not know. Did the SPFL know about it? 

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14 minutes ago, Stan said:

How they were allowed to go to Dubai I do not know. Did the SPFL know about it? 

The Scottish Government sanctioned it, for what possible reason nobody knows.

Lennon and Brown were able to get some beers in whilst sitting by the pool though...

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What I’d do for a beer by a pool under the sun

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Still baffles me how the rule to travel is specifically for elite sports clubs and professionals and they let Celtic travel.

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Celtic v Hibernian goes ahead as planned on Monday evening despite the hosts being told that 13 first-team players must self-isolate.

The Scottish champions say Christopher Jullien was the player to test positive for Covid-19 on return from the club's Dubai training camp.

A local NHS health protection team has since deemed 13 other players to be close contacts.

Manager Neil Lennon and assistant John Kennedy must also isolate.

All 15 members of staff will also be absent for Saturday's Scottish Premiership game at home against Livingston.

Celtic stress that injured defender Jullien was the only positive case, saying they are "hugely disappointed" by the decision.

But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged Celtic to "reflect seriously" on events that have led to the recent outbreak.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55525905

 

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Hibs want Celtic players retested ahead of game, but the SPFL refuse.

They better hope no Hibs players test positive later this week, or this'll only be the start.

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I'm not sure what's worse, Scott Brown thinking it was a good thing to say or Celtic for allowing him to talk...

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On 11/01/2021 at 12:40, Stan said:

How they were allowed to go to Dubai I do not know. Did the SPFL know about it?

As far as I am aware the SPFL also sanctioned this. They also permitted the home game against Hibs be delayed to the Monday without taking into account Hibs thoughts on the delay and if they would have objected.

On 11/01/2021 at 12:55, ScoRoss said:

The Scottish Government sanctioned it, for what possible reason nobody knows.

That was in November, I believe, when circumstances were different regards the seriousness.

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Celtic: Peter Lawwell apologises to fans & says Dubai trip 'clearly a mistake'

 

 

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I wonder if the 250k they spent going to Dubai would have helped with wages.

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