“Fairly livid” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Aberdeen gamers “blatantly broke the foundations” within the lead as much as Saturday’s Premiership sport in opposition to St Johnstone being postponed.
Two gamers examined optimistic for Covid-19 and 6 others are self-isolating after coming inside “shut proximity” in an Aberdeen bar on Saturday.
“Which, to place it mildly, is totally unacceptable,” Sturgeon mentioned.
It’s but unclear if Aberdeen face any sanction beneath league guidelines.
Aberdeen are on account of host Hamilton Academical on Wednesday and are then away to Celtic the next Saturday.
Saturday’s sport at McDiarmid Park was a part of the second weekend of Premiership fixtures after final season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Initially, it had appeared that the sport in Perth would go forward regardless of Aberdeen being pressured to cancel coaching on Thursday and dealing with the prospect of enjoying with out eight squad members pressured to self-isolate.
However the postponement got here on the request of the Scottish authorities after a gathering between Minister for public well being and sport Joe Fitzpatrick, the Scottish FA and Scottish Skilled Soccer League.
“I believe that’s the proper choice,” Sturgeon mentioned. “We predict members of the general public to behave in a extremely precautionary method proper now and, when a soccer membership finally ends up with gamers contaminated with Covid, and let’s bear in mind this isn’t by way of unhealthy luck however by way of clear breaches of the foundations, we can not take even the small threat that they unfold the an infection to different elements of the nation.”
Sturgeon mentioned the Scottish authorities could be contacting all golf equipment to emphasize the significance of complying with the steerage and hoped “classes can be realized”.
“Soccer has been given the go forward on the strict situation that golf equipment and gamers abide by the steerage that has been agreed. If they do not do this, they put in danger the return of the skilled sport,” she mentioned. “To say this incident is deeply regrettable is an understatement.
“I am fairly livid about this example, as a result of it should not have occurred. If that steerage is just not going to be adhered to then all bets are off.”
St Johnstone expressed their disenchanted on the postponement however harassed that “the well being and wellbeing of everyone is of paramount significance on this state of affairs”.
All eight Aberdeen gamers had been in a bar linked to town’s Covid-19 spike on Saturday following their opening-day defeat by Rangers.
One of many preliminary circumstances was confirmed by a follow-up NHS take a look at and the opposite participant is awaiting additional outcomes.
Each are asymptomatic however are self-isolating together with six gamers who had been “in shut proximity”.
In a social media publish on Friday, Aberdeen chairman Cormack appealed for “endurance” with the affected gamers, identified that everybody “is susceptible to errors of judgement” and harassed that “it’s all about how we reply to one thing we want had not occurred”.