Report: SPFL looking to rubber-stamp new regulations after Celtic incident

By David Walton

August 12, 2020

The SPFL are looking to fast-track new regulations that could see players heavily punished for lockdown breaches, according to the Daily Mail.

The current disciplinary rules only allow the SPFL to take action against specific clubs. This is despite the fact that, at times, those clubs could be next to blameless.

Therefore, the new regulations would allow the organisation to discipline individual players too. The Daily Mail has reported that league chiefs now want to haul players in front of a three-man independent panel for breaches of the government’s rules regarding the pandemic. This could result in heavy fines or even bans.

Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli / (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Daily Record has also reported the news, and they have stated that the proposals will be put forward this morning with the idea that they’ll be rubber-stamped as early as this afternoon.

This comes after two key incidents after only two matchday cards. Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli failed to quarantine after returning from a secret journey to Spain, whilst eight Aberdeen players are in isolation after a night out in the city centre that ended with two players contracting the virus.

Clubs can’t police their players 24 hours per day

The Mail believes that both Aberdeen and Celtic could still receive further punishment from the league for their players’ errors. Both clubs’ games have been postponed for a week, including their scheduled clash against each other on Saturday.

However, you wonder what more either club could’ve done in their respective situations. Derek McInnes and Neil Lennon can’t monitor their players every hour of the day. They don’t have time to video call every individual player in their respective squad.

You have to remember that these players adults. They’re not school children who have yet to mature. Therefore, clubs have to give their employees some space, particularly on their days off.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon made no excuses for Bolingoli earlier today / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It does remain to be seen what punishment both clubs receive for their players’ selfish actions. But you’ll do well to find someone who can come up with a solid punishment for why they should be hammered.

These new regulations should make it easier for the governing body to tackle specific players as opposed to going through the clubs. Given that the Premiership is only going into matchday three, you get the feeling these won’t be the only two breaches of government regulations this season.

In other news, Sky Sources have reported a major update regarding Boli Bolingoli’s reasons for heading to Spain.