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Sport How Celtic's Covid treatment compares after Neil Lennon's Rangers response fury

17:21  05 november  2020
17:21  05 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Neil Lennon didn't hold back as he tore into the Scottish Government for 'double standards' in their reaction to Rangers' duo George Edmundson and Jordan Jones' coronavirus breach.

The Celtic boss feels a statement hailing the Ibrox club's 'swift and decisive' action in suspending their errant duo was in stark contrast to the way his own club were treated over Boli Bolingoli's own infringement.

The Belgian's failure to quarantine prompted a stinging rebuke from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the time and a warning for the whole of Scottish football to take the protocols more seriously.

And an annoyed Lennon feels his club have been 'thrown under the bus' in comparison.

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He said: “I can’t comment on what the Rangers boys did. What I can comment on is the reaction from the government, which I find bewildering.

“Considering the way they treated us after the Bolingoli incident. There seems to be double standards at the minute as far as we’re concerned.

“I found it strange to say the least. We as a club did and I’m sure our supporters did as well. I’m not happy about it. We were thrown under the bus.

“We were subjected to privileged footballers, yellow card and blah, blah, blah. We have been treated in one way and other clubs have been treated another by the government and that’s unacceptable from our point of view.”

Lennon clearly feels that his club haven't had a fair shake from Holyrood so Record Sport decided to take a look back at the high profile breaches of protocol since football began again this season, pinpoint what happened and reveal how each was responded to.

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Aberdeen

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Who did what?

Bruce Anderson, Craig Bryson, Sam Cosgrove, Michael Devlin, Jonny Hayes, Matty Kennedy, Dylan McGeouch and Scott McKenna met in a bar on August 1, the night of their 1-0 defeat to Rangers on the opening day of the season. This was in breach of the coronavirus restrictions at the time both for Premiership footballers and the general public in terms of the number of different households meeting.

Two tested positive for Covid-19 and three games, against St Johnstone, Hamilton and Celtic were subsequently postponed.

What happened to the players and club?

The eight players were each hit with three match suspended suspensions by the SFA.

The club was fined £30,000 with £22,000 suspended depending on further breaches.

What was said?

Sturgeon admitted she was extremely angry with the players' behaviour on the night in question.

She said: "It is now clear that all eight of these players visited a bar in Aberdeen on Saturday night.

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"In doing so, they blatantly broke the rules that had been agreed between the SFA, the SPFL and the Scottish Government which, to put it mildly, is completely unacceptable."

She added: "I am pretty furious about this situation because it shouldn't have happened. But on the upside let's take the opportunity to underline the importance of this."

Aberdeen chairman, Dave Cormack, said: “These players made a huge mistake. They not only went against government guidance but also breached our own Covid-19 procedures, set out by the club to all players and staff. Due to the privilege that has been afforded to professional footballers, and having witnessed the outrage and anger their actions provoked, they are in no doubt that they have let themselves and the club down. They are truly sorry and have apologised unreservedly to the First Minster, health and footballing authorities, the fans, the Manager, the rest of the squad, our staff and board and the wider community.”

“As a result of our investigation, these players have been severely reprimanded and fined heavily. Contractually, the specifics must remain confidential between the club and each player but, rest assured, the financial fines are in line with the severity of the consequences of their actions."

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The players also released a statement saying: "First and foremost we would like to apologise to every AFC fan, the mananger, everyone at the club, the football authorities, the First Minister, all healthcare workers along with everyone else that has worked tirelessly around the clock to get the country, and in particular football, back up and running again.

"We, as a small group of players, made a huge error of judgement last weekend by thinking it was OK to visit a city centre venue together

"None of us could have foreseen the escalation of Covid-19 cases in the Grampian area, nor did we deliberately attempt to flaunt or disobey Government guidelines which we all must adhere to, or indeed the clear guidelines set out by the club.

"This was by no means a team night out as has been portrayed and while we attempted to comply with government social distancing guidelines, we now recognise that our group of eight exceeded the number of households permitted to meet up. This was a genuine error on our part as professional football players and, in doing so, we have let our manager down.

“As players we appreciate our club has gone above and beyond to put protocols in place to protect us and it was never our intention to put that in jeopardy, or to put our team-mates or football staff at risk.

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“As a player group, we once again apologise unreservedly to the fans, the manager, the board and all the staff at the club.”

Celtic

a man holding a football ball: Boli Bolingoli is at the centre of a major coronavirus breach © SNS Group Boli Bolingoli is at the centre of a major coronavirus breach

Who did what?

Boli Bolingoli ignored strict quarantine rules when he traveled to Malaga, Spain, on a day off. He only stayed for a single night but he should have spend 14 days in isolation on his return. Instead he returned to training without telling the club and turned out as a substitute in a game against Kilmarnock on August 9 before his failure to adhere to guidelines were uncovered.

What happened to the players and club?

Games against St Mirren and Aberdeen were postponed, creating a fixture backlog still yet to be cleared.

Bolingoli was hit with a five game ban with two suspended from the SFA.

The Belgian was issued a fixed penalty notice to the tune of £480 from the police.

He moved on to Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir on loan and was part of the team that shocked Manchester United 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The club was fined £30,000 with £22,000 suspended depending on further breaches.

What was said?


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Neil Lennon et al. playing football on a field: Bolingoli played against Kilmarnock after his trip to Spain © SNS Group Bolingoli played against Kilmarnock after his trip to Spain

Neil Lennon was beyond furious with the actions of his player and took him to task in a major way.

He said: "It will be very difficult to imagine him (Bolingoli) being welcomed back into the dressing room in the future.

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"This is a rogue who has gone off tangent and has done something very, very selfish. We have been completely oblivious to this. I’m absolutely livid, it’s a total betrayal of our trust.

“There’s anger and disappointment from the squad. It’s just simply not good enough and it’s disrupted our plans.”

Bolingoli admitted his 'error of judgement' in a grovelling public apology.

He said: "I have made a huge mistake.

"I want to apologise to my manager, my team mates, the supporters, everyone at Celtic and so many others for letting them down so badly.

"I am guilty of a major error of judgement. I know what I did was wrong and I know that I must now deal with the consequences."

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Already annoyed by the breaches of the Aberdeen players, Nicola Sturgeon moved to issue Scottish football with a now infamous yellow card as a final warning over following protocols.

She said: "Consider today the yellow card. The next time it will be the red card because you will leave us with absolutely no choice.

"This is just not acceptable. We can't have privileged football players just deciding they are not going to bother.

"Every day I stand here and ask members of the public to make huge sacrifices on how they live their lives.

"The vast majority are doing that and it's not easy. We can't have privileged football players just deciding that they are not going to bother. This can't go on."

Who did what?

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Leigh Griffiths threw a house party for his partner's birthday back in August.

Pictures appeared to show guests ignoring social distancing guidelines, with the number of people within the striker's house exceeding rules on indoor gatherings at the time.

What happened to the players and club?

Celtic launched an investigation into the striker's conduct in the days afterwards, as confirmed by Lennon.

It's unclear what the outcome of the investigation was.

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No action was taken against the player or club by the football authorities.

What was said?

A Celtic spokesperson responded after pictures of the gathering were posted online, saying: "We're aware of it and he has been reminded of his responsibilities."

Lennon was later asked about it at a later press conference. He replied: "No (his future is not under threat).

"The club are conducting an investigation. I’m not convinced it’s a big issue, so hopefully it will be resolved in a couple of days.

“He’s not fit, he’s got a calf strain at the moment, so he would have missed the game anyway.”

Dundee United

Mark Connolly holding a football ball: Connolly appeared 'unwell', according to the taxi driver © SNS Group Connolly appeared 'unwell', according to the taxi driver

Who did what?

A cab driver reported defender Mark Connolly for not wearing a mask in his taxi following a night out in Dundee city centre.

What happened to the player and club?

The Irishman was given a two match suspended ban for breaching rules 24 and 77 which are broad in scope and cover players acting in an “improper manner” and preserving the "best interests" of the game.

That will only take effect if he breaks the rules once again before until March 31.

United faced no action.

What was said?

Dundee United director of football Tony Asghar admitted the club were investigating the situation, saying: “We have made aware of the claim and we are looking into it.”

Rangers

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Who did what?

Ibrox fringe duo Jordan Jones and George Edmundson attended a house party with eight others in Glasgow's West End. This was in clear breach of the current rules over the mixing of multiple households indoors. The evening was interrupted by a visit from the police who dispersed the attendees and issued fixed penalty notices to those in attendance. The players were on a day off the next day so they did not mix with colleagues and potentially expose them to Covid. They are now in an enforced period of self-isolation.

What happened to the players and club?

Both players have been suspended pending an investigation at the club.

Both players face two charges for allegedly breaching SFA disciplinary rules 24 and 77 and were cited by the compliance officer on Wednesday.

They will face the hearing at Hampden on November 19.

What was said?

A Scottish Government statement praised Rangers for their swift and decisive action in dealing with the players.

It said: "The return to training and match protocols mandate strict adherence to all government guidance in place, including on gatherings and physical distancing.

"Players maintain the sporting bubble by not compromising any of these things when away from the heavy regulated training or match environment, and we expect clubs and their staff and players to fulfil their responsibilities and apply all of these measures rigorously.

“We commend Rangers for taking such swift and decisive action in this instance, to protect the rest of their squad and wider public.”

Rangers Managing Director, Stewart Robertson, said: “The Chairman Douglas Park, Ross Wilson, Steven Gerrard and I discussed this matter as soon as it was brought to our attention.

"We are completely aligned in our action and the standards that are being set at Rangers.

"We will not tolerate behaviour that does not follow those standards and it is totally unacceptable for any of our players to be involved in anything that puts at risk the excellent protocols that have been put in place at Rangers.”

Alex Curran looking at the camera © Alan Harvey/SNS Group

Steven Gerrard told RangersTV: "Everyone at the football club is really disappointed with the actions of the two players.

"It was important the club took decisive action. They were very quick to do that which was pleasing to see.

"The players know they let themselves down and their families, they’ve also badly let their team-mates down and the supporters of the club.

"They will be punished internally, dealt with internally. The important thing for me is we draw a line under that."

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