Justice Minister Humza Yousaf says the Scottish Government will consider suspending the Premiership season after Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli became the latest player to breach Covid-19 rules agreed by the football authorities and the Government.
Bolingoli made a trip to Spain last week and it is understood crisis talks are taking place this morning between the SFA/SPFL Joint Response Group and officials on whether the 2020/21 campaign can continue.
St Johnstone v Aberdeen was postponed at the weekend after eight Dons players breached the rules by visiting a Granite City bar, with two subsequently testing positive for coronavirus. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “furious” with that breach.
Yesterday, National Clinical Director Jason Leitch met with the managers and captains of top-flight sides to remind them of the rules to preserve the sporting “bubble”. Afterwards, Leitch cast doubt on whether Aberdeen’s game at Hamilton tomorrow night would take place, given the local lockdown in the Granite City due to a spike in Covid cases.
After Bolingoli’s trip, for which the player has apologised, was revealed, Yousaf tweeted: “Utterly unacceptable from Bolingoli. With a number of incidents, Scot Govt left with little choice but to consider whether pause is now needed in resumption of the game.”