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Celtic and Aberdeen’s Scottish Premiership postponed

By Allison Shor - Contributor
1 year ago

Celtic and Aberdeen have had their next couple of Scottish Premiership matches rescheduled after its players broke lockdown rules.

Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and First Minister of Scotland, called for the cancellation after it was brought to light that Celtic FC defender, Boli Bolingoli flew to Spain, failed to abide by quarantine guidelines, then played in a match.

Bolingoli’s rogue actions have been described as a “flagrant breach” of safety regulations by Ms Sturgeon, and “incredibly selfish” by Celtic Manager Neil Lennon.

According to the GOV.UK, those traveling from Spain to the UK are advised to self-isolate for 14 days to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

In regard to Aberdeen’s F.C, on the previous weekend, eight players broke lockdown regulations by visiting a bar together.

As such, three games in total have been canceled:

  • Wednesday 12th August: St Mirren vs Celtic
  • Wednesday 12th August: Aberdeen vs Hamilton
  • Saturday 15th August: Celtic vs Aberdeen

During her daily briefing yesterday, Ms Sturgeon commented “as a minimum, you should not be expecting to see Aberdeen or Celtic play in the coming week.” She further added that they cannot have “privileged football players” ignoring important procedures while everyday “members of the public are making huge sacrifices on how they live their lives.”

‘An error of judgment’ and ‘beyond explanation’

The Belgian defender has apologized, saying he was “guilty of an error of judgment”, as did the Celtics who labeled his doings as “beyond explanation”, and the eight Aberdeen players for visiting a bar at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak.

All players and backroom staff at Celtic have been tested twice and came back with negative results.

However, two of the Aberdeen players tested positive for the virus while six are currently self-isolating.