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11 August 2020 14:42

Marvin Compper Celtic F.C. Germany

Scottish football season could be HALTED after Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli broke quarantine rules with secret visit to Spain before season opener

That he would so casually place in jeopardy the health of his teammates and opponents, the financial future of all of our football clubs by risking a postponement of the season, not to mention his own career in such a way is staggering. Particularly so, when you consider the words of his manager, Neil Lennon, just last week after eight Aberdeen players were caught flouting the Covid-19 guidelines. Two days in the sun that now puts all of the work done by his own club, the rest of Scottish football, the Joint Response Group and the Scottish Government to get football back in some shape or form at risk. That Bolingoli appeared to be in danger of losing his place at the club on the back of his on-field displays is neither here nor there, though it may have put Celtic in a rather more awkward position had the offender been a key asset like Odsonne Edouard. The Scottish Government could put the brakes back on professional football in light of the Boli Bolingoli affair amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Celtic defender has landed himself in hot water with club officials after breaking COVID-19 quarantine rules when he took a secret trip to Spain before the Hoops' season opener against Kilmarnock. A spokesperson has since confirmed the Scottish Government are considering pausing the season after being made aware of the Bolingoli incident. "The Scottish Government is aware of reports of a Celtic FC player having broken quarantine rules last week," the spokesperson told the Scottish Sun. "We are currently in discussion with the club and football governing bodies to establish the facts. If he knowingly went to Spain before the Kilmarnock game and broke quarantine rules he showed he really doesn't give a sh##about his teammates, the manager and the support… Celtic should get rid immediately — Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 10, 2020 "If he knowingly went to Spain before the Kilmarnock game and broke quarantine rules he showed he really doesn't give a s*** about his teammates, the manager and the support… Celtic should get rid immediately." The SPFL are holding crisis talks with the Scottish Government this morning over the latest coronavirus breach that threatens to shut down Scottish football.

Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli was forced into a grovelling apology on Monday after his secret trip to Spain between clashes with Hamilton and Kilmarnock was rumbled. Scottish football's governing body is now facing a fresh sweat as the shock quarantine rules violation comes days after the Aberdeen 8 were given a verbal volley from Nicola Sturgeon. Bolingoli's indiscretion has led to the Government warning they could shut down Scottish football only 10 days after our game exited cold storage after five months. A spokesperson said: "The Scottish Government is aware of reports of a Celtic FC player having broken quarantine rules last week. A statement read: "Celtic Football Club has taken it's response to COVID-19 extremely seriously and we are pleased that, to date, we have recorded no positive tests.

"Our staff have given so much in this area, working tirelessly to ensure that all players and other club personnel are safe, fully aware of their own responsibilities and familiar with all the guidance and protocols. The Scottish government is in talks with the SPFL over the future of the Premiership season after Celtic's Boli Bolingoli broke coronavirus quarantine rules. Bolingoli travelled to Spain but did not quarantine on his return before playing in Celtic's 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock on Sunday - something the club were unaware of until after the game. Bolingoli's indiscretion came just days after Aberdeen's trip to St Johnstone was called off due to two of their players testing positive for coronavirus. Aug 5: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces lockdown measures to be reimposed in Aberdeen after spike in coronavirus cases.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces lockdown measures to be reimposed in Aberdeen after spike in coronavirus cases. Aug 7: Aberdeen's match at St Johnstone called off at request of government after two Dons players test positive for coronavirus after bar visit on Aug 1 that breached social distancing rules. Aberdeen's match at St Johnstone called off at request of government after two Dons players test positive for coronavirus after bar visit on Aug 1 that breached social distancing rules. Aug 8: Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths reminded of responsibilities after hosting birthday party for his girlfriend that breached government guidelines. Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths reminded of responsibilities after hosting birthday party for his girlfriend that breached government guidelines.

Aug 11: Scottish government threatens to 'pause' the Premiership after news emerges that Celtic's Boli Bolingoli broke quarantine rules. Eight Dons players then issued public apologies for breaking guidelines by visiting a bar following their opening-day defeat to Rangers on August 1. A Scottish government statement read: "The Scottish government is aware of reports of a Celtic FC player having broken quarantine rules last week. "We are currently in discussion with the club and football governing bodies to establish the facts. "If confirmed as another serious incident within Scottish football, where protocols have been breached at the risk of wider public health, then the Scottish government will have little choice but to consider whether a pause is now needed in the resumption of the game in Scotland." Reacting on Twitter, Scottish Justice Minister Humza Yousaf said: "Utterly unacceptable from Bolingoli. Scottish government officials met with the SFA/SPFL Joint Response Group on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation, with a statement expected to be made later in the day. Sky Sports News has been told Celtic manager Neil Lennon is furious with Bolingoli, and the club has condemned the actions of the defender in a lengthy statement on Tuesday. "Celtic football club unreservedly condemns and apologises for the behaviour of the player Boli Bolingoli in travelling to Spain without informing the club and in failing to observe quarantine restrictions," the statement read. Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli travelled to Spain but did not follow quarantine rules on his return "Celtic are in touch with every SPFL club today, and with all relevant authorities, to apologise for the fact that one of our employees has created so much additional difficulty through his actions. "We have led the way in working with the football authorities and Scottish government to establish the most rigorous, effective protocols and working practices, which ultimately led to the resumption of football. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, who was part of a meeting with Scottish government officials on Monday where the safety protocols around coronavirus were again highlighted, described the warning as a "wake-up call". The Scottish Government is considering a suspension of football after Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli's secret trip to Spain threw the season into disarray. Bolingoli failed to quarantine for 14 days as required when he returned from Spain and the left-back came off the bench during the 1-1 Scottish Premiership draw with Kilmarnock on Sunday. News of the Belgian's mini break emerged three days after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issued Scottish football with a stark warning after eight Aberdeen players broke protocols with a night out. With a number of incidents, Scot Govt left with little choice but to consider whether pause is now needed in resumption of the game Operational matter for Border Force & Police Scot, I support whatever enforcement action they deem necessary — Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) August 11, 2020 The Dons' weekend game against St Johnstone was postponed after two of their players tested positive for Covid-19 and a further six were instructed to self-isolate. The Scottish football authorities are now holding more talks with the government – managers and captains from the 12 Premiership clubs had held video talks with national clinical director Jason Leitch on Monday evening where they were reminded of their responsibilities. A Scottish Government spokesperson said: "We are currently in discussion with the club and football governing bodies to establish the facts. "If confirmed as another serious incident within Scottish football, where protocols have been breached at the risk of wider public health, then the Scottish Government will have little choice but to consider whether a pause is now needed in the resumption of the game in Scotland." A statement from the Scottish champions read: "Celtic Football Club unreservedly condemns and apologises for the behaviour of the player Boli Bolingoli in travelling to Spain without informing the club and in failing to observe quarantine restrictions. "We have led the way in working with the football authorities and Scottish Government to establish the most rigorous, effective protocols and working practices, which ultimately led to the resumption of football.