Boli Bolingoli to face punishment, as SFA/SPFL publish fresh COVID measures

By Hamish Carton

August 13, 2020

Celtic full-back Boli Bolingoli will be retrospectively punished following his recent breach of COVID protocol.

The Celtic full-back angered manager Neil Lennon and the rest of Scottish football after he travelled to Spain last week without letting his club know, and then failed to quarantine.

The Hoops, and Aberdeen, were then told to take a week off while Scottish football as a whole was placed on a last warning by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. (BBC)

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon / (Photo by Colin Fisher – Pool/Getty Images)

And now, the Coronavirus JRG has published new measures that will see Bolingoli sanctioned for his actions, as they unveiled four new E’s: enforcement, evaluation, education and engagement.

Bolingoli to be retrospectively sanctioned

The first of those will see the ability for governing bodies to take actions against players who haven’t followed government protocols.

Crucially, the statement says this “will encompass recent breaches” meaning that Bolingoli is set to be punished for his actions.

Other interesting measures will see a video created by National Clinical Director Jason Leitch be shown on “a regular basis” to players at clubs.

This video will explain, in simple terms, what players can and can’t do.

Celtic full-back Boli Bolingoli / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Also, the SPFL and SFA have gifted advertising space inside stadia to the Scottish Government to display “public health messaging”.

The key takeaway here is that the governing bodies are going to be going after players rather than clubs – although the latter could still suffer as a result of individuals.

Time will tell what punishment Bolingoli is set to suffer. You really wouldn’t be surprised if they make an example of him.

In other news, Celtic may be taking note as the English game made a historic decision over their 2020/2021 season today.