Season in jeopardy with rule breaking


So far, it is clear that Covid hygiene rules were not followed at St Mirren, where seven non-playing staff tested positive for the virus.  Additionally, the SFA have launched an investigation into allegations Newco fielded nine players against Dundee United on Wednesday without receiving the required negative test results.

The anomaly came to light because Newco arranged two games on Wednesday.  Motherwell, their opponents in the second game, had their results delayed by the same testing backlog.  This brought attention to the fact that neither club received the all-clear until Wednesday evening, several hours after the Newco-Dundee United game.

There are significant health and commercial risks at play here.  The seven staff at St Mirren could easily (and may have) infect the playing staff.  If St Mirren then played a game, the virus would almost certainly infect not only the rest of the team but their opponents.  Games involving these teams would be postponed for weeks, perhaps months.  Dozens of carriers would travel home from that game and Scotland would have a fresh wave to worry about.

The SFA Joint Response Group reached a deal with the Scottish Government on how and when to return to training and then games, all predicated on safety rules being adhered to.  Celtic, and others, have transformed their stadiums into an environment where socially distanced spectators can attend safely and be seen to do so.

They want fans back soon and wait on Government clearance.  That possibility disappeared yesterday, when allegations emerged that one club has been cheating.  Football is as trustworthy as its greatest rogue.  I doubt the SFA considered how to discipline a club that flaunts Covid rules and risks the entire game in this country.  No fine would be large enough to match the financial consequences for others.

There is no infection at Ibrox, the pain of any breach there will be felt by fans of all clubs not attending fixtures until later.  St Mirren were less negligent but their issue is more serious and spooked me.  If this happened in my workplace, when most others have returned to work, it could threaten the entire business.  We are going to move into a stage when most of the world is getting on with things, and some businesses will be halted by infection, acute illness and worse.

I have spoken to staff at Celtic who have been impressed at the processes in place to protect club employees from infection, from everything I hear, we are getting things right.  The evidence elsewhere is that others are complacent.  If that is allowed to continue, next season and the health of many is in jeopardy.

You have to wonder what’s in the water at Ibrox with the incessant flouting of rules.

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  1. Melbourne Mick on

    Frightening scenario showing out now in Scuddish fitba, the rules mean


    nothing to some people.


    It’s happened here in Oz, some completely idiotic people disregarding the


    world health directives, because they know better, are putting peoples


    lives at risk for their own benefit.


    I despair.


    H.H. Mick

  2. I heard on Radio Scotland this morning



    6 of the St Mirren test were non conclusive or similar



    which then were pronounced clear on retest

  3. A points deduction to start off with would soon have them complying.Huns as usual,flouting regulations,but this time endangering the League start.No punishment would be to much for their blatant disregard of the rules.Alarm bells should have been ringing with their failure to buy a testing machine.Just shows you the state of their finances.Fekin tramps.

  4. C’mon Celtic,get the Barkas deal over the line.Considering the price some clubs are paying for comparable keepers,he is a snip.

  5. Melbourne Mick on




    Watched Barkas on tube and they were live games not picked out


    highlights and he looked awesome.


    Would do me, but just as a matter of interest… Barkas or Forster ?


    your choice.


    H.H. Mick

  6. ” If you have a wee cough


    and want two weeks off……


    that’s Castore…!”






    If it wasn’t so serious……!


    Huns define themselves by their actions.



    Ban thum!

  7. Hope we get Big Fraz………a physical, talent and psychological advantage over the huns and all those who hope we falter this season.



    I think Bains a talented chap too……….

  8. An attempt to stop the TEN by getting season cancelled?



    They have season ticket cash anyway and a voucher to their fans would suffice.



    I would put nothing past them.

  9. Melbourne Mick on




    I’m with you, big Fraz has now got the hex on them, Bain good


    back up..




    What about you?


    And embody else, it keeps the blog rolling.


    H.H. Mick

  10. Fred………..Yup,



    I’d expect if they are being beaten and the Ten looms…..there will be an outbreak of symptoms and sympathy with the title engulfed in trumped up hun guff………



    Anything to soften the blow and obscure the truth.




  11. A covid call off is their best chance of avoiding the ten in 2021. Let’s see the governing body protect the game and send a very clear message to the rogue club.

  12. prestonpans bhoys on

    Hun forums blaming companies who do the testing are at fault for not doing the tests on time. Their lack of self awareness never fails to amaze me, testing not disclosed so play anyway😱

  13. The English Premier League played about 100 games under lockdown without incident, sevco can’t even organise a bounce game.



    It’s worth remembering the underlying risk here, the ultimate reason these measures are in place, is the risk to life. That’s what has been wilfully compromised.

  14. Wonder if we should forward this to SFA / SPFL as a remedy for Covid rule breaking ?


    LASK Linz’s pursuit of a first Austrian top-flight title in over 50 years has been dealt a hefty blow after they were knocked off top spot by a points deduction.


    Manchester United’s Europa League round of 16 opponents have been docked six points and fined €75,000 (£67,871) after allegedly breaking rules regarding holding team sessions during the shutdown when only smaller-group training was permitted.

  15. But where’s the scandal?



    Any furore???





    All I can see is a reference tucked under a wee story aboooot The Buddies.



    Had that been us, Public Health would have been involved , Polis scoddland and wee Chic would have hosted an “exaspawated” fone-in demanding the harshest of penalties…..

  16. …..☘️☘️☘️☘️….








    …☘️……………. ☘️




















  17. I expect there’ll be another social media ” story” abooot Fat Charlie…….soon.




  18. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Superb piece of actual journalism Pablo. Respect.



    Would challenge the last sentence though



    “You have to wonder what’s in the water at Ibrox with the incessant flouting of rules”



    WADR, you don’t.



    1. They are the people (the imperialist mindset routinely believes scorched earth policies are entirely justified)



    2. They actually don’t care about people (Leverkusen match?)



    3. They have no corporate expertise to design, plan, build, test and implement an effective Covid-19 mitigation strategy



    4. Even if they had the skills needed for no.3 they have no money to make this happen.



    5. Their executive leadership and fan base are neck and neck in the “we are completely nuts” stakes.

  19. Paul67



    At lease we know that our pre season friendly at CP can go ahead because our club and Ross County


    have followed the Covid rules and protocol, to think Sevco pretended that they wanted the remaining


    games from last season played out?



    August and the SPL still isn’t prepared properly, for closed season games never mind the bizarre clamour


    to have fans in as well, that’s what happens when a member club won’t adhere to the rules and


    regulations, just like their predecessors.

  20. Mr Melbourne………….






    On previous experience it’ll be an arguably dubious and odious ” abuse” type narrative……….or Fat Charlie rescues Kitten from Tree type of schtick…..




  21. Jocks Immortal Lions on

    Good article P67, you may have to pass on some of that journalism experience to the Scottish sports journalists (I use the term loosely).



    Back to Basics – Glass half full


    Nailed it.!!

  22. Shocking really that the Huns think that the rules don’t apply to them. They should be hammered.

  23. Melbourne Mick on

    Daily Resort



    Fat Charlie calls for more testing kits be made available.


    H.H. Mick

  24. Melbourne Mick on




    Took me out of my bitterness there with that pic of


    wee Oscar.


    Need to go now and appreciate what’s good in my life and not


    dwell on erseholes who annoy me.


    H.H Mick

  25. Melbourne Mick on




    ” He played weak in and weak out ‘


    Fixed lol.


    H.H. Mick