Report: Celtic braced for 8-game Bolingoli ban; club could be fined £100k, docked points unlikely
Celtic are unlikely to be docked points following the drama of Boli Bolingoli’s trip to Spain, The Daily Record has reported this weekend (15/08 print edition, page 59).
Journalist Michael Gannon states that new COVID-related SPFL rules will include the power to retroactively take points from teams who have breached the protocols currently in place.
However, sources have told the paper that Celtic and Aberdeen are not set to face that kind of punishment.
Pundits such as Kris Boyd have been calling on forfeiture of matches and docking of points in recent days.
The former striker told The Scottish Sun: “The moment Bolingoli stepped onto that pitch as a late substitute was the moment Celtic were breaking the rules.
“The SPFL should punish them accordingly and award my old club the three points.
“Celtic’s failure to control their player also caused their game against St Mirren to be postponed. So why should the Paisley club suffer?”
Thankfully that notion, rather ludicrous in my view, is not viable.
The Scottish FA, in a separate move, have already issued a notice of complaint to both the Bhoys and Bolingoli for the incident.
That was confirmed by the Hampden organisation on Friday.
The Record (15/08 print edition, page 59) reports that the Scottish champions are now bracing themselves for a ban as long as eight-games when it comes to the defender, with a fine of £100,000 against the club also possible.
A hearing is scheduled to take place on August 28th.
Bolingoli is unlikely to play for Celtic again anyway but a hefty suspension could complicate a move abroad if the ban carries over.
A six-figure fine would be harsh considering the Bhoys instructed the Belgian not to leave Glasgow on his days off but the SFA may want to make an example of both Celtic and Aberdeen here.
Ultimately the consequences from footballing authorities pale in comparison to what’s in store if the Scottish Government are unhappy with future breaches.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already issued a ‘yellow card’ to clubs and players (Sky News).
Everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions while the game in this country gets up and running again.