It’s fair to say that plenty of rival supporters of Celtic and Aberdeen were left raging at today’s SPFL verdict on the clubs’ apparent Covid breaches.
Indeed, both clubs were fined a nominal £8k with a £22k fine suspended pending any further breaches (BBC). An SPFL spokesman said that Celtic and Aberdeen “offered substantial evidence in mitigation” and that both “had gone to enormous lengths to ensure that their players adhered to all relevant requirements and protocols relating to Covid-19.”
It seemed a fair outcome after the incidents involved players effectively going rogue on their clubs. Aberdeen were charged for eight of their stars going out for a night in the town. Celtic, meanwhile, were pulled up due to Boli Bolingoli’s secret journey to Spain and failing to quarantine upon his return.
But as you would expect, the slap on the wrists this afternoon didn’t please many of our rival fans. Here’s a look at some of the meltdown on social media this afternoon:
Both should get a 15 point deduction!
— Doherty FC ➐ (@DohertySZN) September 21, 2020
— Da Roofe 🏴🇬🇧🥁🥋 (@SooSideProd) September 21, 2020
If it were Rangers, it would be points deduction and a £Million fine!
— Mark MacLeod (@xlavadadiers) September 21, 2020
No points deductions… wonder what would happen if it was the other glasgow club 🇬🇧 https://t.co/CNOogtuzfp
— ClydebankBear72 (@Bear72Clydebank) September 21, 2020
Hahahahahaha you couldn’t make it up https://t.co/xUXBAzMwCc
— Darren Wilson (@dazzaragi) September 21, 2020
Should have been a points deduction. If Rangers did it, they’d probably get sent back to the 4th division
— Big Ste (@BWFCLoneStar) September 21, 2020
Absolutely ridiculous Spfl is corrupt
— billy richardson (@billythejambo) September 21, 2020
They only pay £8000 the rest is suspended (absolute joke )
— Tommy Lusk (@lusks29) September 21, 2020
That’s will have them trembling in their shoes lol , who did the punishment @UEFAcom
— IbroxStandard (@IbroxStandard) September 21, 2020
If anything, Celtic should be the ones complaining
It’s truly bizarre that some believe this punishment isn’t anywhere near enough. For some, they just will never be able to remove their bitterness.
If you’re looking for the facts, then Boli went to Spain without Celtic knowing and on his day off. I don’t know about you, but my employer certainly doesn’t track me on my day off and nor would I want them to. I have the freedom to do what I wish and am held accountable for my own actions.
So why on earth should Celtic be getting punished whatsoever? It’s a fine totally out of nowhere and the precedent has now been set for any further violations.
However, at the same time, we’re likely just a victim of politics here. The SPFL have to make sure that they’re being made to look as though they’re taking action against any potential Covid breaches.
If it does indeed stop government from making any drastic, negatives decisions on Scottish football then it’s a price we should be willing to pay. But don’t give me that there should’ve been a meatier fine or a points deduction – that was never going to be the case.
It’s a decision which, in effect, helps protect clubs from their staff who break protocol. Due to the precedent that’s now been set, other clubs will know what they should be fined in the future if any of their players go rogue.