Celtic have demanded answers from the SFA about the consistency of Covid punishments.
Earlier today, we covered John Kennedy’s reaction to events unfolding at Ibrox. 48 days after 5 Rangers players were caught breaking Covid protocol, at a February 13th party, they were charged by the SFA. Rangers appealed, and so Calvin Bassey, Nathan Patterson and the rest will be allowed to play Celtic on two occasions before an appeal hearing.
It’s scandalous. And Celtic, after hours of waiting, have responded.
A Celtic spokesperson told the Daily Record:
“There have been a number of calls for ‘consistency’ this season – we couldn’t agree more.
“The SFA has dealt with other cases swiftly this season and only they can explain the timing in this case.
“We have therefore sought clarification from the Scottish FA so that Scottish football can understand the approach in disciplinary cases, in the interests of transparency and consistency.”
The SFA handling of rivals’ shambles leaves Celtic asking questions
It’s been a baffling case.
When Boli Bolingoli was charged for his ill-advised September 2020 jaunt to Spain, he was swiftly punished. Celtic had to postpone two matches, giving Rangers the upper hand in the title race. It was stupid stuff, and entirely Bolingoli’s fault. To their credit, the Celtic board reacted appropriately to the situation.
Oddly, though, in a more egregious example of flaunting the rules, involving multiple squad members, the SFA have dithered. It’s not just us who can feel aggrieved; St Mirren and Kilmarnock had to appeal defeats [Sun]. Aberdeen had 8 players breaching Covid protocols suspended within weeks [STV].
We’re not suggesting a conspiracy or anything like that. It’s just extremely grating, when there’s such clear evidence of wrong-doing. Why the SFA have taken so long to do anything, with a system ripe for exploitation, is anyone’s guess.
It’s good to see Celtic reacting strongly.