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Premiership season under threat as Scottish Government considers pause

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has a decision to make

This has forced the SPFL to postpone the fixtures between Aberdeen's match with St. Johnstone, Celtic's away game to St. Mirren and of course the clash between the two clubs on Saturday.

The club has since launched an investigation into the matter and Bolingoli has apologised, but Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said that the Scottish Government has been left "with little choice" but to consider a pause on the sport north of the border.

That led to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warning that soccer players' privileges to play during the ongoing safety restrictions in Scotland would be at risk if a similar situation arose. This is a yellow card.

The incident is the second time in the past week that players in the Scottish game have been chastised by members of the Scottish Government for not adhering to coronavirus guidance.

There were fears the football season could be halted after just two games and the First Minister added: "I don't want the price of this to be paid by fans who want to watch football even though they can't go as normal to spectate in stadiums and I don't want the price of this to be paid by football players and clubs who are living up to their responsibilities".

A furious First Minister could not hide her anger at the latest disregard of the rules, saying: "What I regret is some football players seem incapable of living up to their responsibilities".

"It is also hugely damaging to the image, reputation and sustainability of the game".

All 12 Premiership managers and captains held talks with Scottish Government officials on Monday evening where they were reminded of their responsibilities over protocols particular to football and also the general public.

The club mentioned it took its response to Covid-19 "very very seriously" and that, to day, it experienced not recorded any constructive assessments.

Celtic said all of its playing and backroom staff have been tested twice for COVID-19 since Bolingoli's return and that everyone has tested negative. We could have done no more in this area.

Bolingoli apologised for his error, saying: "I have made a huge mistake".

"While this comes as a relief to all concerned, it in no way diminishes the seriousness or stupidity of the player's actions", the club said.

The 25-year-old arrived from Rapid Vienna last summer in a reported (BBC) £3 million deal but has recently lost his regular starting spot to Greg Taylor.

In a assertion, Bolingoli stated he wished to apologise to his manager, group mates, supporters, "and so a lot of many others for permitting them down so poorly". "I know what I did was incorrect and I know that I need to now offer with the consequences".

"It is hard to imagine a more irresponsible action in current circumstances and we find it beyond explanation".

The Aberdeen-Hamilton match was already in jeopardy following a spike of cases in Aberdeen in recent days.

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