Scottish football’s Joint Response Group (JRG) have confirmed that Celtic’s weekend clash with Aberdeen, along with the two clubs’ midweek fixtures, has been postponed after Boli Bolingoli’s coronavirus rule breach.
The Bhoys defender flew to Spain on a secret trip, failed to quarantine on his return and then played in a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock on August 9.
BREAKING: The Joint Response Group confirm the postponement of the following games:
⚽️ Wednesday 12th August:
– Aberdeen v Hamilton
– St Mirren v Celtic
⚽️ Saturday 15th August:
– Aberdeen v Celtic pic.twitter.com/KcjT0SUsKl
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Celtic have ‘unreservedly’ condemned Bolingoli and apologised for his actions.
A statement read: “It is difficult to imagine a more irresponsible action in current circumstances and we find it beyond explanation.
“The club will take immediate action through our own disciplinary procedures.
“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.
“All of our playing and backroom staff have been tested twice for COVID-19 since this incident and all, including the player in question, have tested negative. While this comes as a relief to all concerned, it in no way diminishes the seriousness or stupidity of the player’s actions.”
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Explaining in the decision, Scottish Football Association president Rod Petrie said: “The Joint Response Group has acted swiftly and decisively in addressing the latest concerns raised by the minister on behalf of Scottish Government.
“While the decision to postpone these games is deeply regrettable, nevertheless, in the circumstances it is unavoidable and uncontestable.
“The JRG members were astounded to learn of the recklessness demonstrated by Boli Bolingoli in his breach of government public health guidance and football protocols.
“We echo the sentiments of Celtic FC in their condemnatory statement and commend the club’s swiftness in opening a disciplinary investigation.”
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been left infuriated by his player’s actions and said in a press conference on Tuesday: “I am livid; (it was a) total betrayal of trust.
“He took a flight to Spain on the Monday and flew back on Tuesday – one day in Spain, no logic to that – and decided to keep it to himself.
“He trained all week in this bubble and was part of the squad for Sunday and put everybody at risk, the Kilmarnock players and staff as well.
“We were livid and appalled. We have been bitterly, sorely let down by the selfish actions of one individual.
“The actions of the individual is baffling. (He has) totally let the club down. The players are angry, disappointed and frustrated.”