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Celtic facing disciplinary procedures


Celtic's Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo. Photo: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Celtic's Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo. Photo: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Celtic's Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo. Photo: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Aberdeen and Celtic face disciplinary action in addition to their respective players who broke coronavirus protocols.

The Scottish FA has announced that the eight Aberdeen players who breached guidelines, plus Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli, will face two charges: one of failing to comply with regulations and another of bringing the game into disrepute. Hearings have been set for August 28.

The Scottish Professional Football League has also opened disciplinary proceedings against both clubs for alleged breaches of its Covid-19 requirements and testing regulations.

The Scottish football authorities had promised 24 hours earlier to strengthen existing rules to include the provision of sanctions for players who do not adhere to coronavirus-related rules or guidelines. Both the SFA charges are alleged breaches of existing rules while the SPFL has provided few details.

Aberdeen earlier announced they had fined the eight players who breached coronavirus protocols by going on a night out: Jonny Hayes, Scott McKenna, Sam Cosgrove, Craig Bryson, Bruce Anderson, Dylan McGeouch, Matty Kennedy and Michael Devlin.

Two of the players tested positive for Covid-19 and a further six were instructed to self-isolate for 14 days, leading to the postponement of three matches. Celtic have had two games postponed after Bolingoli travelled to Spain for 24 hours and failed to quarantine himself on his return or tell his club. He played against Kilmarnock five days later. Two Celtic games have been postponed as a result, including today's scheduled visit of Aberdeen.

Bolingoli was fined by the police and is the subject of disciplinary action from the club and has been linked with a loan move to French side Amiens having seemingly burned his bridges at Celtic.

But Aberdeen are looking to move on from the furore that surrounded their players' decision to go out for a meal and then move on to a bar.