Some Celtic fans have criticised the Scottish Government over double-standards with regards to their sporting COVID-19 guidelines.
Last month, the Hoops were forced to sit out two Premiership matches after Boli Bolingoli travelled to Spain and failed to quarantine on his return.
Eight Aberdeen players also breached COVID protocol earlier in the month, and now an Edinburgh Rugby Academy player has contracted the virus after four other attended a house party.
Radio Clyde News tweeted the update from the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s briefing on Friday.
National Clinical Director Jason Leitch confirms an Edinburgh Ruby Academy player has contracted #coronavirus after 4 others attended a house party.
Now self-isolating and risk to squad has been assessed.
It is safe for them to travel to France though & for game to go ahead.
— Radio Clyde News (@RadioClydeNews) September 18, 2020
And after seeing that the team were still allowed to travel to France for an upcoming match, many Celtic fans felt a little hard done by,
Where is the outrage
“Privileged” rugby player not adhering to the rules..
Just big bad football again https://t.co/3Aw4vnL1Op
— Tonybhoy🍀🍀 (@anthonyjohn84) September 18, 2020
Footballers test negative breaking SFA rules games off, Rugby players test positive breaking national rules games on. 🤔 https://t.co/nXCOuVD7eR
— Arron Smith ★ (@ArronSmithYT) September 18, 2020
— Hugh lynch 🇮🇪🇪🇺☘️ (@Hughbhoy) September 18, 2020
😂😂 Football games were cancelled but Rugby can still go ahead. 😏 https://t.co/l69KFF0p9h
— KH (@KH121888) September 18, 2020
Awaiting the FM statement issuing a yellow card and the front page headlines tomorrow naming and shaming…. https://t.co/D4FspO6yB9
— Liam McLaughlan (@LiamMcLaughlan) September 18, 2020
Bonkers this compared to what Scottish football gets put through!
One rule for one.. https://t.co/R1eI1JbTeN
— Martin Shannon. (@Shindigg67) September 18, 2020
Sin bin for the rugby surely? https://t.co/3K2tPVepuU
— kieran byrnes (@kbyrnes95) September 18, 2020
No yellow card no? One rule for football and another for rugby.
The attitude towards football in this country is an absolute joke https://t.co/VDJgMeemRW
— Dayna-Louise (@DaynaHeron) September 18, 2020
— The Celtic Wray Podcast (@TheCelticWray) September 18, 2020
Wonder if Sturgeon will put this into language that the rugby world will understand:
“Consider today the sin bin, the next time it’ll be the red card because you’ll leave us with absolutely no choice” https://t.co/bdQ7eJzxob
— Kieran Smyth (@kieransmyth97) September 18, 2020
Football must receive equal treatment
The comments on “sin bins” relate to what the First Minister said following the Boli Bolingoli fiasco.
On August 11th, at her daily briefing, 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.” (BBC)
Many may feel that she should have been saying similar about the egg-shaped game today, although it is worthwhile to point out that Boli’s indiscretion was football’s second or third strike.
We’ll see if the government have anything to say should rugby step out of line again.
Or maybe football is just the easy target.