Aberdeen and Celtic have been fined £30,000 after players from both clubs broke coronavirus protocols earlier in the season.
The fee will be split, with the clubs forking out £8,000 now, and the rest being suspended until the end of the season should they fail to control their players again.
This comes after the infamous “Aberdeen eight” were spotted on a night out in the Granite City, of course a group of such numbers meeting up broke Scottish Government protocols at the time, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon quick to condemn their actions.
The players were disciplined by the club and heavily criticised in the media, which made it all the more baffling when Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli travelled to Spain soon after, failing to comply with the UK quarantine regulations as he took his place on the bench the following Sunday.
A spokesperson for the SPFL said: “Aberdeen FC and Celtic FC demonstrated that they had gone to enormous lengths to ensure that their players adhered to all relevant requirements and protocols relating to Covid-19.
“Given the lengths to which the clubs had gone in each case to seek to ensure compliance by its players, the SPFL Board sub-committee suspended the majority of the fines imposed.”
Dons Chief Executive Dave Cormack welcomed the verdict, saying: “It’s a fair outcome that demonstrates a common sense approach.”
“The SPFL have recognised the enormous efforts we have made to develop and adhere to robust procedures and protocols.”
“They have taken into account the measures we have since put in place to reinforce these with all our staff and players.”
“The whole regrettable incident is now well and truly behind us.”
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