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Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli and eight Aberdeen players charged over coronavirus rule breaches

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The Scottish Football Association has announced charges against the eight Aberdeen players and Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli who breached coronavirus quarantine guidelines.

The nine players will face two charges: one of failing to comply with regulations and another of bringing the game into disrepute, with hearings having 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 SFA has charged Boli Bolingoli and eight Aberdeen players for Covid-19 rule breaches

The SFA has charged Boli Bolingoli and eight Aberdeen players for Covid-19 rule breaches

The SFA has charged Boli Bolingoli and eight Aberdeen players for Covid-19 rule breaches

Bolingoli failed to quarantine following a trip to Spain and played for Celtic five days later

Bolingoli failed to quarantine following a trip to Spain and played for Celtic five days later

Bolingoli failed to quarantine following a trip to Spain and played for Celtic five days later

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 Saturday’s scheduled visit of Aberdeen. 

Due to the coronavirus rule breaches, Neil Lennon's side's next two games were postponed

Due to the coronavirus rule breaches, Neil Lennon's side's next two games were postponed

Due to the coronavirus rule breaches, Neil Lennon’s side’s next two games were postponed

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.

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack said in a statement: ‘As a result of our investigation, these players have been severely reprimanded and fined heavily. Contractually, the specifics must remain confidential between the club and each player but, rest assured, the financial fines are in line with the severity of the consequences of their actions.

‘The club has chosen to donate these fines to NHS Grampian.

Sam Cosgrove is one of the Aberdeen players to have been charged for Covid-19 rule breaches

Sam Cosgrove is one of the Aberdeen players to have been charged for Covid-19 rule breaches

Sam Cosgrove is one of the Aberdeen players to have been charged for Covid-19 rule breaches

‘We fully appreciate the outpouring of dismay and anger by those who have been impacted by this virus, by those who have worked selflessly to protect us and by our fans, who have, despite health and financial worries, supported the club with their hard-earned cash during this period.

‘Their actions were indefensible but the investigation has been completed, they have apologised, they have been punished by the club, and are suffering the humiliation that goes with making a mistake in the public eye.

‘The club, like every employer, has a duty of care to its staff and we must also consider the wellbeing of these players, who continue to face an ongoing barrage of criticism and personal abuse from many quarters. They’ve been taught the harshest of lessons and have the chance to redeem themselves and help demonstrate that the club is better and bigger than this regrettable episode.

‘I can only hope that Dons fans and the Aberdeen community will remember the tremendously positive work the club and Trust, including staff, volunteers and the players, have delivered during this pandemic, and help us all heal from this.’

Cosgrove, Bruce Anderson (left) and six others visited a bar after their defeat to Rangers

Cosgrove, Bruce Anderson (left) and six others visited a bar after their defeat to Rangers

Cosgrove, Bruce Anderson (left) and six others visited a bar after their defeat to Rangers

Meanwhile, Hull have continued to train at Hearts’ training ground after the Edinburgh club were ordered to halt their pre-season preparations on Thursday, 10 days into their programme.

Hearts were ‘incensed’ after Scottish football’s Joint Response Group (JRG) announced lower-league teams could not train until August 24 at the earliest.

The decision came as the SFA and SPFL attempted to assuage the Scottish Government following the high-profile breaches of coronavirus protocols.

However, Hull are free to carry on training at Oriam, near Edinburgh, under agreement from Scotland’s national performance centre as they do not fall under the JRG’s authority.

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Tottenham players expect Carabao Cup clash with Leyton Orient to be called off

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Tottenham and Leyton Orient players believe Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash will be called off with Jose Mourinho’s men handed the victory.

The game is under huge uncertainty following a Covid outbreak at Orient.

But Sportsmail understands players from both teams are now convinced Spurs will be handed the win and a place in the next round.

Leyton Orient's Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

Leyton Orient's Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

Leyton Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

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Emi Martinez saves penalty on Aston Villa debut as ex-Arsenal No2 foils Sheffield United’s John Lundstram

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EMILIANO MARTINEZ made the perfect start to life at Aston Villa by saving John Lundstram’s penalty on his debut.

With 35 minutes on the clock at Villa Park, Sheffield United were awarded a spot kick when Matt Targett tripped Chris Basham.

Emiliano Martinez made a flying save from John Lundstram's penalty on his Aston Villa debut

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Emiliano Martinez made a flying save from John Lundstram’s penalty on his Aston Villa debutCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group

But after a needlessly-long VAR check by Mike Dean, Lundstram stepped up and smashed the ball to Martinez’s right.

The Argentine, who signed from Arsenal for £20million this month, flew across to make the save, getting two hands on it and pushing it past the post.

It compounded a nightmare start for the visiting Blades who had skipper John Egan sent off after just 12 minutes for hauling down Ollie Watkins.

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Micah Richards claims Pep Guardiola ‘is not trusting’ his team and their defence must be sorted

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Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out if they are to reclaim their place as champions of England.

Pep Guardiola‘s side face Wolves in their first game of the new campaign on Monday night and Richards is doubtful that they will be fully prepared.

‘City’s problems are defensive,’ Sportsmail’s columnist said during his role as a pundit on Sky Sports.

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Pep Guardioa's defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

Pep Guardioa's defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

Pep Guardioa’s defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

‘Losing Vincent Kompany was a massive risk. Losing Laporte for a lot of last season was a massive miss. Problem lies with Fernandinho dropping back and Rodri trying to fill in the gaps. The defence is then left too exposed. 

There’s no real consistency. I don’t even think Pep knows his best back four. Kyle Walker is probably the only certainty in that side. 

He’s not trusting his team. When I was playing under Mancini we’d always rotate the full-backs, it’s just that centre back pairing. 

‘The manager has lost faith in his centre backs – every window they’re linked with one. They’ve brought in Ake – is he going to be the one to lead that line? I’m not too sure.

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